Okehampton was founded by the Saxons. The earliest written record of the settlement is from 980 AD as "Ocmundtune", meaning settlement by the Ockment, a river which runs through the town. It was recorded as a place for slaves to be freed at cross roads.
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Like many towns in the West Country, Okehampton grew on the medieval wool trade. Notable buildings in the town include the 15th century chapel of St. James and Okehampton Castle, which was established by the Norman Sheriff of Devon, Baldwin FitzGilbert(d.1090).
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The case against There’s not much to the town, and not much around, so don’t come expecting the Left Bank.
Our target is to become completely self-funding by 2023. Our confidence in achieving this is based on our track record. During the past 10 years, our commercial income has doubled and we have raised nearly £60m in donated income.
Here at Okehampton we are justly proud of our tradition for friendliness and welcome the opportunity to share our facilities with golfers from around the country.
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In 1997, Devon County Council revived a passenger rail service from Exeter, on summer weekends only, in an attempt to reduce motor traffic to the national park. In March 2010, the freight operator Devon & Cornwall Railways announced plans to reinstate a daily passenger service terminating in Exeter, but this has yet to happen.
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Okehampton is served by various bus services from Exeter, Bude, Newquay and Tavistock. Stagecoach service 6 links from Exeter Bus station via Exeter St Davids to Okehampton and then to Bude. Other services from Exeter Bus station include the 6A service via Exeter St Davids, which continues to Launceston.
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Okehampton elected two members to the Unreformed House of Commons. The Reform Act of 1832 abolished its representation as a rotten borough.
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Founded in 1913, members, friends and guests have played golf here for one hundred years and whilst much may have changed, visitors to Okehampton can always be assured of a warm welcome. So, whether you are a low handicapper or an enthusiastic beginner, we look forward to meeting you.
Hang out at… I’d head down the A386 to the Dartmoor Inn at Lydford.
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Well connected? Trains: there are mutterings of an alternative to the Dawlish line coming through Okehampton, but don’t hold your breath. Until then, it’s the A30: half an hour to Exeter, slightly longer for the M5, 45 mins to the coast at Bude, 35 mins to the heart of Dartmoor. Hourly buses to Exeter (50 mins), Bude (one hour).
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Where to buy You’ll find pleasant period suburbans west, between Exeter and Crediton Roads, with fine stone Victorian and Edwardian semis and terraces. In the centre are lovely hugger-mugger terraces; start on and around North Street. Large detacheds and town houses, £280,000-£400,000. Detacheds, £200,000-£280,000. Semis, £160,000-£280,000. Terraces and cottages, £120,000-£250,000. Rentals: a one-bedroom flat, £425-£525pcm; a three-bedroom house, £650-£850pcm.
Schools Primaries: there’s one, Okehampton, but thankfully Ofsted’s rated it “good”. Secondaries: ditto, Okehampton College is “outstanding”.
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Town Council Meetings The next meeting of the Town Council will be held on Monday 19 September 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall. Town Council Office Open Hours Monday - Thursday 10 am - 3 pm Contact: Town ClerkTown Hall, Fore StreetOkehamptonDevon EX20 1AA Tel: 01837 53179 Fax: 01837 54631 firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools in the town include Okehampton Primary School and Okehampton College. There are also a number of smaller primary schools in the surrounding areas for children within the catchment area of Okehampton that include South Tawton, Hatherleigh, Chagford, North Tawton and Bridestowe.
The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin.
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