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Bradshaw’s Guide

A descriptive guide to Devonshire

This county is one of the most beautiful in England, and in point of size is only exceeded by that of York. It is about 280 miles in circuit. Its external appearance is varied and irregular; and the heights in many parts, particularly in the vicinity of Dartmouth, swell into mountains.

Dartmoor, and the waste called Dartmoor Forest, occupy the greater portion of the western district, winch extends from the vale of Exeter to the banks of the river Tamar.

The cultivated lands of West Devon are nearly all inclosures, being in general large in proportion to the size of the farms. North Devon comprehends the country round Bideford.

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  • Devonshire : Brixham

    Close at hand, is chiefly noted for its extensive fisheries, employing more than two hundred vessels and fifteen hundred seamen.

  • Devonshire : Dawlish

    Dawlish, one of the stations of the South Devon Railway, is one of the prettiest places along the coast to pass a quiet summer month.

  • Devonshire : Devonport

    Here is the royal Dockyard, on a space of 71 acres, inclusive of 5 more at the Gun Wharf.

  • Devonshire : Exeter

    Exeter is pleasantly situated on an eminence rising from the eastern bank of the river Exe, which encompasses its south-west side, and over which it has a handsome stone bridge.

  • Devonshire : Exmouth

    This place has, within the last few years, made rapid strides in the march of improvement. The Beacon Hill is covered with buildings, and the Parade is stretching away right and left, with no visible signs, hitherto, of limitation.

  • Devonshire : Ilfracombe

    Ilfracombe is a considerable sea port town, and now a fashionable watering place, on the north coast of Devon, near the mouth of the Bristol Channel.

  • Devonshire : Plymouth

    A borough, first class fortress, and naval dock-yard in Devonshire, at the mouth of the Channel, 246 miles from London by the Great Western Railway.

  • Devonshire : Tavistock

    This little town stands prettily situated in the midst of a fine valley on the western banks of the Tavy. The hills in the vicinity are of a slaty character, and is the centre of an important mining district.

  • Devonshire : Teignmouth

    Teignmouth, three miles from Dawlish, is recognised as the largest watering-place on the Devonian coast; but, from the irregularity of the streets, it is only in the esplanade that it can rival the others before named.

  • Devonshire : Torquay

    Torquay has been somewhat characteristically described as the Montpelier of England, and truly it is deserving of the appellation.