Budleigh Salterton  Devon


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Budleigh Salterton like this:

BUDLEIGH-SALTERTON, a village in East Budleigh parish, Devon; on the coast, immediately west of the mouth of the Otter, 2¼ miles S of East Budleigh. It has a post office‡ under Exeter, hotels, and many respectable lodging-houses; was, not long ago, an obscure fishing hamlet; and is now a fashionable watering-place. ...

It occupies a dell, running obliquely to the shore; looks warm and luxuriant; and commands rich means of comfort and recreation. Coleridge says of the Otter in its neighbourhood,

Mine eyes
I never shut amid the sunny ray,
But straight with all their tints the waters rise;
Thy crossing plank, thy marge with willows gray,
And bedded sand that, veined with various dyes,
Gleamed through thy bright transparence.

Budleigh Salterton through time

Budleigh Salterton is now part of East Devon district. Click here for graphs and data of how East Devon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Budleigh Salterton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Budleigh Salterton in East Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th April 2021

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