Chudleigh shown within Devon
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Chudleigh is very close to the edge of Dartmoor and bypassed by the A38 road in 1972. It began life as a small wool market town, though the nearby Castle Dyke is an Iron Age Hill Fort which demonstrates far earlier settlement in the area. Chudleigh has expanded a good deal in recent years as commuter houses have been built around its edges, but it still retains a fairly traditional town centre.
Local Amenities include
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Cricket field and football pitches
- Skate park
There is a Primary School located in the centre.
Nearby "the Rock" is a natural beauty spot and attracts rock climbers who scale the range of routes on the (limestone) crag and suicide seekers. Its natural height is a favourite for jumpers.
There has been an annual carnival each summer which draws a large crowd from the surrounding area. This did not take place in 2006, but the carnival has returned since July 2007.
The heated outdoor community swimming pool is located within the grounds of Chudleigh Primary School and is open to the public all summer.
The Great Fire of Chudleigh
The weather conditions in Devon in the year 1807 have been described as a drought. Weeks without rain left many people short of water and had farmers worrying about their crops. There was a bakery in Culver Street (now New Exeter Street) and around noon on May 22, a small fire broke out in pile of furze that was stacked near the ovens.
Later reports state that the staff in the bakery seemed unaware of the danger this posed, but the fire, fed by the exceptionally dry fuel, exploded. In the shortest time imaginable, the fire had spread to the roof of the bakery (thatched, as was the roofing on 90% of the houses in Chudleigh at the time) and huge hunks of burning reed and straw were swept aloft by a rapidly growing north-easterly wind.
After the fire, only the church and seven houses were left standing.
Use in popular culture
The town's name is spoofed as Chudley in the Harry Potter books. The Chudley Cannons are one of only thirteen Quidditch teams that have been playing in the professional Quidditch League of Britain and Ireland that was established in 1674. The team players wear bright orange robes emblazoned with a speeding cannon ball and a double “C” in black. The last time they won the League was 1892.
- Chudleigh now and then (1996)
- Chudleigh Pool
- East Dartmoor Baptist Church in Chudleigh
- Chudleigh Information web site, provided by The Chudleigh Business Guild
- The Chudleigh History Group website
- Chudleigh Phoenix Community Newsletter
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