Moretonhampstead, Devon, England


Image of town. Note thatched roof.

This evening, I am focusing on the quaint and pleasant town of Moretonhampstead, Devon. The name is the longest such place name in England. Population is about 1700 persons.Location is some  two hundred miles S.W. of London.

Remains of Old Market (Preaching) Cross

Moretonhampstead has a history dating back to the 8th century AD Saxon era. First part of the name means 'farmstead in moorland' .

During the Middle Ages (5th to the late 15th centuries) the town prospered from the wool trade resulting in many fine buildings of historic interest notwithstanding a number of destructive fires in the early 20th century. The town is now designated a conservation area and comprises many listed (protected) buildings including alms houses (medieval social housing) which date back to the 15th century.

Alms Houses

 For historic reasons, the Sparrowhawk (bird of prey) has become the unofficial symbol of Moretonhampstead.


The parish church (Anglican) is relatively young, dating from 1450 with many subsequent additions and changes. The architecture style is perpendicular. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew.


Colourful Shop Front

 Street Scene with thatched house,

 Moreton House

  Colourful Georgian Architecture

Moretonhampstead is a fascinating small town on the edge of Dartmoor and is deserving of a visit when in the area.


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