Fancy learning some cool facts about Devon? We've got twenty Devon facts for you!

Devon as a county and the region of South Devon is very interesting, and we’re not just being biased! From links to famous people, a wealth of history and some unusual places, this popular holiday destination in the South West has more to it than just beaches and cream teas!

Here are 20 of the most interesting and little known facts about Devon.

- The narrowest street in the UK is said to be found in Devon. Parliament Street in Exeter, running from High Street to Waterbeer Street measures about 0.64 meters at its narrowest. Exeter also has another famous street, Gandy Street is supposed to have inspired Diagon Alley in Harry Potter.   

- Beer Stone which was mined from the caves in the pretty coastal village of Beer was used in the building of St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Exeter Cathedral

- Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth is the location where the Queen had her first publicised meeting with Prince Phillip. Phillip was 18 at the time and Elizabeth just 13 but this chance encounter began the start of their blossoming romance.

- Sir Walter Raleigh the famous Elizabethan adventurer who was credited with bringing potatoes and tobacco to Britain was born in Hayes Barton, just outside Budleigh Salterton.

- Pasties were invented in Devon; in 2006 the oldest recorded recipe for the pasty was discovered in a Devon book, which dates back 500 years.

- The world’s oldest preserved working steam engine can be found in Dartmouth, it was built by engineer Thomas Newcomen who was born in the town.

- Devon is the only English county with two separate 2 coastlines, the English Channel to the south and the Irish Sea and Bristol Channel to the North.  

- Exmouth is the western gateway to the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, the coastline stretches for 95 miles from Orcombe Point, Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset.     

- Dartmouth born Reverend John Russell is recorded to be the dog breeder who bred the Jack Russell. After buying a white terrier named Trump, Reverend John Russell started the line of fox hunting terriers which are now widely known as Jack Russells.

- A La Ronde House in Exmouth is the country's only 16 side house, built in the 18th century the interior is decorated with feathers and shells.

- The council chamber in Totnes Guildhall was used by Oliver Cromwell to plan the closing stages of the Civil War in 1646.

- Devon gets its name from the word Dumnonia, the area was once home to the Dumnonni Celts during the British Iron Age and Roman Britain. 

- South Devon is home to three Areas of Outstanding national Beauty (AONB’s) South Devon, East Devon and Blackdown Hills.

- The Mayflower stopped twice in Devon for repairs on its famous journey to the New World across the Atlantic, once in Dartmouth and again in Plymouth before its final departure.

- The last people to be executed for witchcraft in England were hung in Heavitree, Exeter.

- The famous green, white and black Devon flag was chosen in a competition run by BBC Devon in 2003. The green is said to represent the colour of Devon hills, the black the windswept moors and the white represents the sea spray, the flag has since been dedicated to Saint Petroc.

- Dartmoor is the largest open space in southern England at 368 sq miles. 65% of the National Park is made of granite.   

- The Met Office moved its headquarters to Exeter in September 2003, from Berkshire.

- Opened in 1827 the wooden bridge, measuring 1,671 foot long, connecting Teignmouth and Shaldon across the River Teign, was the longest wooden bridge in England when it was built. The passenger ferry that operates between Teignmouth and Shaldon is possibly the oldest passenger service in England, crossings can be dated back to 1293, but it is probably much older.

- The University of Exeter has had some pretty notable Alumni including J.K. Rowling, Will Young, Thom Yorke from RadioHead, Zara Philips and comedian Rhod Gilbert.

We hope you've learnt something new about the county with our top twenty Devon facts! Keep up to date with all that's happening across South Devon by liking our Facebook page here and following us on Twitter here

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