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Kingsbridge is a popular market and tourist hub in the South Hams district of Devon. It is situated at the northern end of the so-called Kingsbridge Estuary, which is in reality a text-book example of a ria.
Kingsbridge is in fact a combination of two towns, Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke: while the latter was originally considered to be the dominant of the two, Kingsbridge later expanded to include Dodbrooke. The town consists of two parishes: St.Edmund's in the west and St. Thomas Becket in the east. The parish church of St. Thomas Becket displays a particularly well-preserved rood screen.
Kingsbridge has been the main market town in the area for centuries. Its proximity to the spectacular south Devon coast and sailing venues (such as Salcombe) has for more than 200 years also made it a popular destination for tourists and it now lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Prince Regent (the future King George IV) considered building his pavilion above nearby South Sands beach before finally settling on Brighton. Apart from its location, its attractions include several restaurants and pubs, a cinema housed in the town hall building and a museum about the chemist William Cookworthy, who was born in Kingsbridge in 1705.
The town is linked to Plymouth and Dartmouth, Devon by the A379. The town previously had a railway station but the branch line via South Brent, opened in 1893, was closed down in 1963 as part of the Beeching Axe.
- The population of the Kingsbridge Devon Town area for 2009 is 17539
- In the last 10 years, the population has decreased by 0.31%
- Claimant counts for November 2008 were approximately 40 people
- Job Seekers Allowance for the area reached 0.38% of the working age population in November 2008
- District claimant count figures for 2008 showed a claimant count of 1.33% of the working age population
- The Average income in 2008 for the Kingsbridge Devon Town area is £30204.38 per household
- Average house price for the area in 2007 was recorded as £359,770.58
- There were 184 year 11 pupils in this area in 2007
- 67.39% of year 11 pupils attained 5 A*-C grades at GCSE in 2007
- There are 173 year 6 pupils throughout the Kingsbridge Devon Town area in 2007
- 89.0% of pupils attained KS2 Level 4+ in 2007
- For statistical profiles of the Kingsbridge please click here