Devon Fact Sheets

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Devon is the only county in England with two coastlines, two national parks, 5 areas of ANOB and 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Devon has more road than anywhere else in the country

Devon has the slowest roads in the country

Devon has the narrowest street in the world in Exeter

Devon invented the ‘Cornish’ pasty

Devon has the country's oldest bakery – Jacko Bakery in Plymouth which was in existence when the Mayflower set sail in 1620

Devon has the oldest cinema in Europe – the Torbay Picture House

Devon is the origin of the Jack Russell dog – named by the Rev Jack Russell born Dartmouth in 1795

Devon – the oldest human remains found in Devon in 1927 at Kent’s Cavern in Torquay.  Said to date back to 44,200 BC

Devon is where the last Castle in England was built – Castle Drogo on Dartmoor National Park

Devon – has inspired many Literary Greats such as Michael Morpurgo and WarHouse which was as a result of him having a drink in a country pub at Iddesleigh; Agatha Christie – the renowned crime writer is from Torquay and many of her novels were based around the area. Conan Doyle author of the Hounds of the Baskervilles

Devon has the oldest known gin distillery in Devon – established in Plymouth in 1793 and is still going today with its world-renowned Plymouth Gin

Devon’s Dartmoor National Park is the largest area of open space in Southern England at 368 sq miles, with 65% of this made of granite

Devon was where The Mayflower set sail in 1620 from Plymouth for its epic voyage to the US with the Pilgrim Fathers

Devon is famous for Chris Martin of Coldplay from Whitestone just outside Exeter, Matt Bellamy and the band Muse from Teignmouth, the comedian Josh Widecombe from Dartmoor; Tom Daley, Olympic diver from Plymouth, Sue Barker former tennis play and now TV presenter; Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, and many others