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Ilfracombe, Devon

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Ilfracombe, Devon

Ilfracombe is a seaside resort and civil parish on the North Devon coast, England with a small harbour, surrounded by cliffs. The parish stretches along the coast from 'The Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay toward the east and 4 miles along The Torrs to Lee Bay toward the west. The resort is hilly and the highest point within the parish boundary is at 'Hore Down Gate', 2 miles inland and 860 feet (270 m) above sea level.
DistrictNorth Devon
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSS5147
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01271
Population10,840 (2001 parish census)

Other names by which Ilfracombe, Devon has been known in the past

Alfrincombe ~ Ilfar Comb ~ Ilfarcomb ~ Ilfordcombe ~ Ilfracomb ~ Ilfridscombe ~ Alfreincome ~ Alfreincoma

Ilfracombe, Devon in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Ilfracombe, watering-place, seaport, market town, and par., N. Devon, on Bristol Channel, 11 miles NW. of Barnstaple and 236 miles SW. of London, 5583 ac., pop. 6255; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. The town has recently risen in importance, chiefly through its sheltered and picturesque position, as well as the salubrity of its atmosphere. These features attract an extensive floating population. The harbour is very good, and there is some coasting trade and fishing. On N. side of harbour is a lighthouse 29 ft. high. with fixcd light (Ilfracombe) 127 ft. above high water and seen 10 miles.

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