Seaton is a seaside town in East Devon on the south coast of England. It faces onto Lyme Bay, to the west of the mouth of the River Axe with red cliffs to one side and white cliffs on the other. Axmouth and Beer are nearby. A sea wall provides access to the mostly shingle beach stretching for about a mile, and a small harbour.
Seaton sits on the long Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, more commonly known as the Jurassic Coast. From here it is possible to visit rock strata dating from three geological periods in a 185 million-year ‘geological walk through time’.
Seaton has an estimated population of 7,385, proven to be 8,413 at th 2011 Census, whilst the Seaton and Beer Urban Area that includes Colyton had an estimated population of 12,815 in 2012. The Seaton electoral ward had a population of 7,096 at the above census.
Seaton was part of the ancient division of Devon named the Colyton Hundred. Until the establishment of civil parishes in 1866, Seaton was an ecclesiastical parish and Beer was a tithing within it. From 1866 until 1894 Seaton and Beer was a single civil parish. In 1894 they were separated and Seaton became an urban district made up of Seaton Civil Parish, but not Beer Civil Parish.