Colyford, a linear Village in East Devon


Colyford is a village on the A3052 Lyme Regis to Exeter road, situated mid-way between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. Seaton, and the coast, are around 1.5 miles to the south whilst the small town of Colyton is around half a mile away inland. Colyford has a population of around 800, while Colyton's is around 2,300.

Colyford was formerly an Ancient Borough of long-standing and still elects a Mayor. Colyford is a linear village, and on the current Ordnance Survey maps it is still possible to make out the original narrow burgage plots running back from the main road.

There is a strong sense of community within the village and the social scene is centred on the Memorial Hall. Much village effort is put into the annual Michaelmas Goose Fayre, held on Springfields on the south side of the village. Villagers and friends dress in medieval costume, with mummers and medieval music, as they follow the Mayor and his Lady, under a balderchin, as they process along the main road to the fayre ground.

Colyford has a chapel-of-ease, dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels, also a village Post Office, a Butchers, and two Pubs, the Wheelwright and the White Hart. The former petrol station is now a listed building and houses a cycle shop and café.

Another of the attractions of the village is the Tramway that runs along the discontinued railway branch line from Seaton to Colyton. Very popular with tourists, the Tramway runs a regular service from Spring to Autumn.

It is generally agreed that Colyford is a very friendly and agreeable place to live and visit.