its sheltered rocky seaside cove, Combe Martin runs for some two
miles up a sheltered valley on the North Devon coast.
Combe Martin comes from the name 'combe' - a wooded valley - and
from the Norman family Martin, who inherited the local manor from
one of the followers of William the Conqueror.
As the years passed, the village lacked a squire like the neighbouring
villages which somehow made it different in character to the other
Combe Martin can be found on the edge of Exmoor National Park, which
in itself can provide a whole range of different tastes for holidaymakers.
village claims to have the longest main street of any village in
the country - the street winds along the valley, or combe, for over
The street is so long, for those living at the top of the village
it can feel like you live in the country not by the sea.
up the main street you will find the 17th century castle-like Pack
of Cards Inn and the 13th century church of St Peter ad Vincular.
The church is approximately a mile into the village, with a small
stream adjacent to the churchyard wall.
southern door of this red sandstone building has a Sanctuary Ring.
It is said criminals who clutched it would be saved from arrest
and imprisonment - as long as they confessed their crimes and left
unusual Pack of Cards Inn
practice was abolished by the establishment in the 17th century.
The Pack of Cards Inn was built in 1626 by a George Ley of Marwood,
to celebrate a large win at cards.
inn has 52 windows - one for each card in the pack, and four floors
- each with 13 doors.
on Combe Martin