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By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2013-06-25. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-28.
The Historic Counties Trust describes Devon as follows:
Devon is large county in the southeastern corner of the land; only Cornwall lies beyond to the west. Devon has two seacoasts to north and south, with the Bristol Channel and English Channel respectively. Dorset and Somerset are to the east. Devonshire has a proud seagoing tradition. The Elizabethan navy that defeated the armada and "singed the King of Spain's beard" was largely drawn from Devon. Sir Francis Drake was a Tavistock man. Only in recent years has the Royal Navy scaled down its dominant presence in Devonport in Plymouth. The southern coast is very lovely, rugged between Thurlestone and Salcombe, from where a network of craggy tidal creeks reaches deep into the land. Cliffs front the sea. The northern coastline is remarkable for steep thickly-wooded cliffs between Lynmouth and Ilfracombe, while beyond the Taw and Torridge estuaries there is again magnificent coastal scenery around Clovelly, and from Hartland to the Cornish border. Inland most of southern Devon is Dartmoor, a bleak but picturesque landscape of granite hill country rising to over 2,000 feet in places. Tavistock is the Queen of Dartmoor, a fine granite-built town on the Tavy. In the north Exmoor begins, where the River Exe rises. There is rolling agricultural land to the north and in the east of the county, particularly along the Exe and Culm Valleys. Exeter, the county town, is a mixture of mediæval and modern. It lies on the Exe a short distance above its estuary. The Exe Valley runs almost the length of eastern Devonshire, north to south, with several smaller towns and picturesque villages of thatched cottages.
Main Towns: Axminster, Barnstaple, Bideford, Dartmouth, Exeter, Exmouth, Ilfracombe, Newton Abbot, Plymouth, Sidmouth, Torquay.
Main Rivers: Plym, Lyd, Tavy, Bovey, Dart, Avon, Teign, Exe, Taw, Tamar, Yealm.
Highlights: Dartmoor; Exeter Cathedral; Exmoor; Lynton/Lynmouth; Plymouth.
Highest Point: High Willhays, 621.49 m.
Area: 6228.93 km.
Localities in Devon with evidence of Robin Hood-related festivals.
- Wasson, John M., ed. Devon. (Records of Early English Drama) (Toronto; Buffalo; London, ©1986); exhaustive collection of record and other documentary materials relating to pre-restoration drama in Devon, including a good deal of material relating to Robin Hood ales and performances. For contents see individual localities listed above.
Studies and criticism
- Wasson, John M. 'The St. George and Robin Hood Plays in Devon', Medieval English Theatre, vol. 2 (1980), pp. 66-69.
- Wikipedia: List of ancient counties of England by area in 1891 (adapted from 1891 census).
- Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website: Population. Administrative counties, England and Wales. Vol. I, 1891 – Page vi (University of Essex).
- The Historic Counties Trust has kindly allowed me to quote its county descriptions in toto. We have converted square miles to km2 and feet to meters.