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Hometown Culmstock
The bridge over the river at Culmstock
The course of the river has changed noticeably over the years
start quoteAs a place to live, Culmstock is large enough to be a community with its own organisations and interest groups, but small enough to be on nodding terms with most people you meet on the end quoteway to buy a paper
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To the north of the village is Culmstock's second landmark, Culmstock Beacon.

Situated about a mile or so away from the village, it is said to be one of the chain of Elizabethan beacons built to warn of possible invasion by the Spanish at the time of the Armada.

It was certainly a focus of attention for the present Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee celebrations being part of the chain of bonfires lit on 3rd June.

Culmstock Beacon
Culmstock beacon was a focus of attention for Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee celebrations

A bonfire had previously been lit as part of a chain of beacons to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Armada in 1988.

Nearer access to the Beacon is by an energetic walk up the side of the hill through the bracken (in sensible shoes - Adders have been seen here), or a gentler walk through the lanes to Woodgate will bring you out on to the top of the hill.

A specially commissioned wooden seat decorated with designs by the primary school children provides a welcome resting place by the Beacon hut from which to admire the stunning views across to Sidmouth Gap in one direction and towards Exmoor in another.

As a place to live, Culmstock is large enough to be a community with its own organisations and interest groups but small enough to be on nodding terms with most people you meet on the way to buy a paper.

There are still a number of working farms in and around the village and it is still possible to note the change of seasons by what is going on around you rather than by what is in the shops.

Look out for the daffodils planted by the river and then wait for the swallows and housemartins to return.

Culmstock Church
Culmstock stretches out on both sides of the River Culm

Listen out for the cuckoo, still to be heard along some of the quieter lanes and see the tractors working in the fields, silaging and haymaking.

There are skylarks singing as they rise from nests on the Beacon and then it is time for harvest and the harvest service and supper by which time the swallows have lined up on the telegraph wires and flown south.

The leaves turn gold, orange and brown and before you know it the bellringers are ringing in the new year and the early lambs are arriving. Culmstock was once a thriving woollen town, but times change yet Culmstock still has a good community feel to it and is certainly a pleasant place to live.

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