Place:Lynmouth, Devon, England

Coordinates51.229°N 3.827°W
Located inDevon, England
See alsoShirwell Hundred, Devon, Englandhundred of which the parish of Lynton was a part
Lynton, Devon, Englandurban district of which it was part 1894-1974
North Devon District, Devon, Englandmodern district in which it now located
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Lynmouth is a village in Devon, England, which straddles the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers, in a gorge below Lynton, to which it is connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway.

The two villages are now a civil parish governed by Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council, but are both part of the North Devon District. Between 1894 and 1974 Lynton was an urban district which also covered Lynmouth. The parish boundaries extend southwards from the coast and includes hamlets such as Barbrook and small moorland settlements such as East Ilkerton, West Ilkerton and Shallowford. (All redirected to Lynton.)

Lynmouth was described by Thomas Gainsborough, who honeymooned there with his bride Margaret Burr, as "the most delightful place for a landscape painter this country can boast".

In August 1952 a serious flood occurred when the runoff down the two rivers from 9 inches of rain falling in 24 hours deluged the town. There were 34 fatalities and 100 buildings destroyed or badly damaged. (Source: Wikipedia). A Vision of Britain through Time provides a description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of a similar storm which happened in 1607.

See also Lynton For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Lynmouth.

Research Tips

  • All the usual references for birth, marriage and death registrations, and for the censuses, will refer to Lynton or Lynton and Lynmouth, but not to Lynmouth independently.
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