Uffculme

This tranquil and picturesque village lies only a few miles from Cullompton and Tiverton. If a quiet picturesque position appeals to you, then Uffculme is certainly worth a visit. Situated in the Blackdown hills, and sitting on the River Culm (the largest tributary of the River Exe flowing towards Exeter). The river was a valuable industrial resource in the past and now offers scenic walks along the old railway line.

The village centre is laid out in the form of a Saxon settlement with central square and parish church to the side on a sloping site.  The name probably derives from 'Offa' a Saxon leader who had a farm on the River Culm. There is still an unusual wooden structure in the village square, known as the “Shambles” marking the site of the ancient market which lasted for cattle sales until the First World War. 

 The making of wool products, was developed on a factory scale by the Fox Brothers at Coldharbour Mill which lasted from 1790-1981 and is now a museum to this old industry and an important local tourist attraction. Uffculme can also boast its own local chocolate factory, a small business park and even a multi award winning and multimillion album selling singer – Joss Stone.

Uffculme is now better known for its “outstanding” Ofsted rated secondary school serving ten parishes including Ashill, Culmstock and Hemyock. Many redundant farm buildings have been developed as residences, giving a truly rural feel, you won’t find a better example of Devon as you look to the countryside beyond.

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