Place:Silverton, Devon, England


Alt namesSulfretonasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 86
Coordinates50.815887°N 3.484129°W
Located inDevon, England

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Silverton is a large village, about north of Exeter, in the English county of Devon. It is one of the oldest villages in Devon and dates from the first years of the Saxon occupation . In the year 2001, its population was 1,905,recounted to 1,494 at the United Kingdom Census 2011. The electoral ward with the same name had a population of 1,875 at the above census. It has three pubs: The Lamb, The Three Tuns and the Silverton Inn.The Church, dating back to the fourteenth century, is dedicated to St Mary. It has a full set of bells which are rung regularly. Inside the pews have doors at the end of each row which is unusual in this area. The village also bears a further two churches - an Evangelical and a Methodist church, both are popular with social and youth clubs.

The village is on the "old" road from Exeter to Tiverton and as such was once a busy thriving place. Now it has become a dormitory for people working in Exeter although there are still a number of original families living in the village. A post office, a small supermarket (Spar), butcher's shop and a hairdresser offer most necessities for the residents.

The main feature of the village is the giant oak tree which is over 1000 years old.

The Bristol and Exeter Railway opened Silverton railway station in 1867 but it has since closed.

On the first Saturday of each August, the village holds a Street Market, which is popular among local people. There are stalls selling local goods and crafts, as well as entertainment and children's activities organised throughout the day, and the tug-of-war always ends the day on a high.

Silverton also has a football club, Silverton FC, who play in the Fresha Devon and Exeter Football League. Their pitch is notoriously slanted lengthways - with it being an estimated seven foot lower at one end.

Politically. Silverton is represented on the Mid Devon District Council by Liberal Party Councillor, Jenny Roach.

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