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Living in Chittlehampton: The Local Area Guide

Devon is home to the village and civil parish of Chittlehampton, an area that has a recorded history dating back to 700 A.D. Chittlehampton has its own local legend in the story of St. Urith, a woman who was martyred by Chittlehampton’s inhabitants as a result of her stepmother’s false accusations. This story is considered dubious in nature and historians now believe she is more likely to have been killed by invading Vikings.

St. Hieritha’s Church and St. Urith’s Well have been popular attractions for tourists for centuries - the well specifically was even a point of pilgrimage up until the 16th century. St. Urith’s Well is one of various Grade II listed points of architectural or historic interest in the area, while St. Hieritha’s is the sole building in the area to be listed as Grade I.


Chittlehampton’s population was cited as 843 in the 2011 census. 19.5% of this population is below the age of 18 and just under 6% of this population is aged between 18 and 24. 209 members of the community are between the ages of 44 and 59 making up nearly 25% of the area’s residents while residents of 65 and older account for 23.6% of the population.

Drivers are in the vast majority in Chittlehampton with 303 of the 338 village’s households owning a car. However, despite the fact that there are 35 households which don’t have any cars in them there are 47 which have more than 3. The community is home to 701 residents aged 16 or over, 188 of which have Level 4 Qualifications or above while 163 have no qualifications at all. A third of those working in Chittlehampton are self-employed.


The village of Chittlehampton is only home to one school, Chittlehampton C of E Primary School. In 2 out of 4 of Ofsted’s categories the school was classified as ‘Outstanding’ and the Ofsted report granted the school with an overall rating of ‘Good’. The village of Umberleigh is in close proximity to Chittlehampton and is home to another primary school which, although not in Chittlehampton, is close enough to provide the area’s children with more education options.

5 miles from the civil parish there is a combined primary and secondary called West Buckland School. South Molton Community College, also 5 miles from Chittlehampton is another local secondary school.


The A377 and A36 are both only a short drive away from Chittlehampton and both connect the residents of the area to a range of other easily accessible locations. Though there is no train station in Chittlehampton itself, there is a railway station in the nearby Umberleigh. The station runs on the Tarka Line on the service between Barnstaple and Exmouth, while providing passengers with a connection to main line services at Exeter St Davids.

The area has an active bus service, the 859, which operates twice daily from Monday to Saturday. The community’s other bus route, the 658 operates once every day on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Amenities and shopping

Chittlehampton is inundated with an abundance of local businesses. The stores and services of the area are mostly locally owned by residents who largely work for themselves. Chittlehampton hosts electricians, plumbers, heating engineers, a post office, childminders, gardeners, carpenters, pottery and antiques stores and more.

Visitors to Chittlehampton are very well looked after due to the availability of bed and breakfasts, such as The Walled Garden and The Bell. In addition to this the community also has several cottages available to let, namely Lychgate, Prospect and Cleave Farm Country Cottages.

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