Budleigh Salterton

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Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh salterton in south devon looking west arp.jpg
The seafront looking west towards Exmouth. The red cliffs are around 250 million years old.
Budleigh Salterton is located in Devon
Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh Salterton
 Budleigh Salterton shown within Devon
Population 6,575 (2012)
OS grid reference SY066818
District East Devon
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district EX9
Dialling code 01395
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament East Devon
List of places

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The sea front, looking east towards Sidmouth
Blue plaque commemorating Sir John Everett Millais

Budleigh Salterton is a small town on the coast in East Devon, England, 15 miles south-east of Exeter. It is situated within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[1] It is a major part of the electoral ward of Budleigh. The ward population at the 2011 census was 5,967.[2]


Budleigh Salterton lies at the mouth of the River Otter, where the estuary forms an area of reed bed and grazing marsh: an important haven for migratory birds and a Site of Special Scientific Interest for those interested in bird watching. It has a designated area for naturists.[3]

Budleigh Salterton lies on the South West Coast Path, with clifftop routes eastwards to Sidmouth and westwards to Exmouth. The pebble beach and cliffs are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 153 kilometres (95 mi), from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in the west to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck in the east.[4] The coastal exposures along the coastline provide a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history. The Jurassic Coast contains a large range of important fossil zones. The area is known for radioactive nodules containing vanadium and uranium in red marl at Littleham Cove.[5]

Facilities and transport

Fairlynch Museum is housed in a listed, thatched marine cottage orné dating from 1811. It covers the history and geology of the region, and opened in 1967, offering exhibitions and a local archive. It possesses a large collection of period costumes.[6] The town has a male-voice choir, which performs for charity.[7]

Budleigh Salterton lies on the B3178 and the B3179 ends on the western edge of the town. It is served by three bus routes: The Coasthopper 157 (hourly) to towns Exmouth and Sidmouth, the 357 (hourly to Exmouth, also forming the local town service), the 58 every two hours to Exeter and the 57C (one journey each way) to Exeter and Bicton College. Between 1897 and 1967, Budleigh Salterton was served by a station on the Budleigh Salterton Railway, a line built and operated by the London and South Western Railway, which ran from Tipton St Johns to Exmouth,[8] which is now the nearest railway station (8 km).


Budleigh Salterton is home to the scenic East Devon Golf Club,[9] and to a croquet club (offering croquet, bowls and bridge) founded in the late 1860s.[10] The first team of the Budleigh Salterton Association Football Club plays in the South West Peninsula League Division One East. The club also has a second team, a ladies' team and a youth team.[11] In addition, there is a cricket club, a rifle club, and a games club offering tennis, bowls and other pursuits.[12]


Budleigh Salterton Anglicans were originally served by a chapel of ease that came under the parish of All Saints, East Budleigh. As the population grew, this was replaced in the 1890s by what became the parish church of St Peter in 1901. The church was heavily damaged by enemy aircraft bombing on 17 April 1942, but reopened in 1953. Today the Raleigh Mission Community at St Peter’s, Budleigh Salterton, and All Saints, East Budleigh, are part of a joint mission with St Michael’s, Otterton.[13]

The Roman Catholic Church is also dedicated to St Peter.[14] The Temple Methodist Church was completed in 1904, to replace an earlier, smaller chapel dating from 1812, built by the bookseller James Lackington, an associate of John Wesley.[15] There is a Baptist church in the town, whose congregation dates back to 1843.[16]

Notable residents

Writer Dame Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, dwells in the town.[17] It is also the home of (the fictional) BBC Radio 4 comic character Giles Wemmbley-Hogg.

See also


  1. "East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Website". Retrieved 27 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Budleigh ward 2011". Retrieved 24 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Rutherford, Tristan (15 June 2015). "Britain's best nudist or naturist beaches". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Dorset and East Devon Coast". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. 2001. Retrieved 14 January 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Geology of the country around Exeter: memoir for 1:50 000 geological sheet 325 (England and Wales), British Geological Survey Memoirs Series, Richard Anthony Edwards, R. C. Scrivener, British Geological Survey, Stationery Office, 1999; SSSI information sheet Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  6. "Fairlynch Museum".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Home page. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  8. "Budleigh Salterton". Disused stations: Closed Stations in the UK. Retrieved 3 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Home page. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  10. Home page. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  11. Club home page. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  12. Town visitors' site. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  13. Parish website. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  14. Plymouth Diocese site. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  15. Home page. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  16. Home page. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  17. Larissa MacFarquhar. "How Hilary Mantel Revitalized Historical Fiction". The New Yorker. Retrieved 30 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Cooper, Andrew (2007). East Devon Pebblebed Heaths: 240 Million Years in the Making. Impress Books. ISBN 978-0-9556239-0-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Ford, Alan (2002). Mark Rolle: His Architectural Legacy in the Lower Otter Valley. Otter Valley Association. ISBN 978-0-9507534-5-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The Jurassic Coast Trust (2003). A Walk Through Time, the Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast. Coastal Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9544845-0-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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