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Countess Wear, Devon

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Countess Wear, Devon

Countess Wear, alternatively called Countess Weir, is a residential district within the city of Exeter, in the English county of Devon. The name derives from the weir constructed in 1286 on the instruction of Isabella de Fortibus, Countess of Devon. Countess Wear is best known today as the location of the Countess Wear bridges, a group of three bridges across the River Exe and the Exeter Canal.
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSX9490
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall

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

Countess Weir

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

Countess Weir, eccl. dist. and vil., Topsham par., E. Devon, pop. 473. The vil. is 3 miles SE. of Exeter; in vicinity is Countess Weir Paper Mill.

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