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Devon, also known as Devonshire, is a county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel in the south. It is part of South West England, bounded by Cornwall to the west, Somerset to the north east, and Dorset to the east. The city of Exeter is the county town...


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In 1549, the Prayer Book Rebellion caused the deaths of thousands of people from Devon and Cornwall.

The arrival of William of Orange to launch the Glorious Revolution of 1688 took place at Brixham. (Devon)

Despite its small Jewish population, Devon is also noted for containing two of Britain's oldest synagogues, located in Plymouth and Exeter, built in 1762 and 1763 respectively.

1895 - Devon / Devonshire
Dev'on, or Devonshire, (L. Devo'nia), a county of England, forming part of its S.W. peninsula, and having N. the Bristol Channel, E. the counties of Somerset and Dorset, S, the English Channel, and W. Cornwall. Area, 2586 square miles. The surface is greatly broken and diversified, but, except the wild, sterile tracts Dart moor and Exmoor, is generally remarkable for fertility. The vale of Exeter, and the district bordering on the English Channel, called the South Hams, are especially beautiful and rich. The principal rivers are the Exe, Dart, Tamar, Taw, Torridge, Teign, and Axe. The inlets of Tor bay and Plymouth Sound are respectively upon its S.E. and S.W. sides. The county is famed for its cider. The red Devon breed of cattle is highly esteemed; and Dartmoor feeds large numbers of small ponies. Mines of copper and tin are extensive. Arsenic and manganese are also mined. Lead, granite, kaolin, and umber are here found. The Great Western Railway extends through the S. part of the... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of must-visit places and things to do in Devon County:
Explore Dartmoor National Park: Start your Devon adventure in Dartmoor, a rugged and mystical national park known for its granite tors, rolling hills, and ancient stone circles. Hike, cycle, or even go horse riding across this stunning landscape. Don't miss the eerie beauty of Wistman's Wood, a tangled forest of stunted oak trees.

Visit Exeter: The county's capital, Exeter, is a historic city with a rich heritage. Explore the stunning Exeter Cathedral, stroll along the picturesque quayside, and delve into the city's history at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Exeter is also known for its vibrant food scene and shopping districts.

Relax on the Beaches: Devon boasts some of England's most beautiful beaches. Head to the English Riviera towns of Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham for sandy shores and a Mediterranean-like atmosphere. In North Devon, visit Croyde Bay and Saunton Sands for excellent surfing opportunities.

Discover the Jurassic Coast: Devon is part of the UNESCO World... Read MORE...

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