Kingsbridge (population circa 5,700) is the third largest settlement in the South Hams behind Ivybridge and Totnes, and lies roughly mid-point between Plymouth to the west and Torquay to the east. Due to its central location, it makes an ideal base for both business and holidays alike.
History of Kingsbridge in Brief ...
First mentioned in a charter of 962, Kingsbridge and its surrounding lands passed into the hands of Buckfast Abbey following the Norman Conquest. The abbot was granted the right to hold a market in the town from 1219. From medieval times, Kingsbridge and nearby Dodbrooke existed as separate entities. Although that distinction has long since disappeared, Kingsbridge’s reputation and standing as a prosperous market and merchant trading town continue to this day.
It's a Fact !
Prior to the Norman Conquest, the bridge at the head of the estuary connected the crown lands of Alvington to the west and Chillington to the east, hence the name Kingsbridge to reflect its royal association.
Take a look at the distinctive 1850-built clock tower. You’ll see that one face was deliberately omitted in the direction of what was once the workhouse. Clock-watching was evidently discouraged even then!
Born in Kingsbridge in 1705, the acclaimed chemist William Cookworthy discovered English china clay and produced the first English porcelain.
Explore Kingsbridge in South Devon
The Kingsbridge-Salcombe estuary, six miles in length, lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AoNB). For this reason it has always been a year-round top destination for walkers, cyclists, watersport enthusiasts and naturalists both near and far.
Given the proximity of Dartmoor, the South Devon coastline and sheltered river valleys, there is much to tempt artists and photographers, too. For both resident and visiting foodies, the wide availability of fresh seafood and locally grown and organic produce has inspired the menus of the many renowned and diverse cafes and restaurants to be found in the local area.
Dedicated shoppers can take time to explore the wide range of individual and eclectic shops and boutiques that Kingsbridge has to offer. There is ample parking at both the top and bottom of the main Fore Street to provide easy access for a rewarding day of retail therapy!