Devon - Hemyock
Hemyock is a village in Devon, England. It is located
approximately five miles from the Somerset town of Wellington. The
River Culm flows through Hemyock. Hemyock was the former home of the
St Ivel dairy processing plant, formerly where the butter-spreads
'St Ivel Gold' and 'Utterly-Butterly' were produced before being
moved to a factory in the north of England.
Hemyock was also the birthplace of the National Federation of Young
Farmers' Clubs. The first Young Culm Farmers Club in England began
here in 1921, and it continues to prosper as the Culm Valley Young
Hemyock is the largest village on the Blackdown Hills, which is now
designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The
parish has an area of about 2350 hectares, and lies on the NW of the
Hemyock is a typical upland settlement consisting of a central
"town" surrounded by a number of hamlets (Culm Davey, Millhayes,
Simonsburrow, Ashculme, Tedburrow, Madford, Mountshayne etc.). From
the 16th century to the early 19th century much of the parish's
wealth came from the production of wool. The population remained
fairly constant throughout the 19th century, and until the end of
the Second World War. Since then a number of housing estates have
been built, and the population has increased to over 2,000.
Lydensign gets its name from long ago as the place where the
password or sign was picked up to be handed over at Passby, a
cottage down the hill, before visitors were allowed into the Castle
grounds. Supposedly there are underground passages from Lydensign to
the Castle but we have never found any evidence!
Lydensign is a detached 3-bedroom cottage, some parts dating back
almost 200 years, with 2 double beds, twin bedded room and a fully
Linen, bath and kitchen towels are all provided. I always perform
the changeover myself - thus making sure that everything is clean
and ready for you so that you can start to enjoy your holiday as
soon as you walk through the door.
The smaller sitting room has a night storage heater, open Victorian
fireplace and a flat screen TV and DVD.
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