(historical spelling: Swymbridge) is a village in the English county
of Devon. It is situated 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east of Barnstaple
and twinned with the town of St.Honorine Du Fay in Normandy, France.
The name Swimbridge originates from the clegyman Sawin Birige. Sawin
was a founder of a chapelry at Swymbridge in Anglo-Saxon times.
Sawin held lands around the village and the lands were known as
Before the shifting of parish boundaries in 2003, the size of the
parish was 7,280 acres (29.5 km2); one of the largest in North
The village is noted for its church (The Parish Church of St. James;
tower ca. 1300) which has before been described as a treasure house
due to its fine carvings and memorials.
The village is also famed as the home of the Rev. John 'Jack'
Russell who first bred Parson Jack Russell terriers. The Reverend
Russell is said to have brought his first terrier, Trump, whilst he
was studying at Oxford University and then bred from her to
eventually originate the Parson Jack Russell strain of terrier. John
Russell died in 1883 and his grave can be found in the graveyard of
St. James's Church and the village pub is named after him and his
breed of terrier.
From 1873 to 1966, Swimbridge had a station on the Devon and
Somerset Railway, which became part of the Great Western Railway and
which ran from Taunton to Barnstaple. The alignment of the railway
line through Swimbridge station is now part of the North Devon Link
The main industry of Swimbridge, apart from farming, until 1965 was
Riverton Lakes and Holiday Cottages
3 self-catering holiday cottages
sleeping up to 6 people.
Fully refurbished throughout, we can provide a perfect base from
where you can explore the glorious West Country.
We are particularly pleased with the update of Mole Cottage which is
now purposely designed to be wheelchair friendly.
With the town of Barnstaple only a few minutes drive away and
beautiful Exmoor next door, we have the ideal location for a break
We offer 3 self catering cottages, each one different offering
unique benefits depending on your requirements.
Each cottage now enjoys double glazed windows and doors, oil fuelled
boilers, bathroom suites and well appointed kitchens with built in
electric ovens & hobs, fridge & freezer, dishwashers &
We have also installed flat screen TVs & DVD players and FreeSat
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