The Town of Okehampton, Devon

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The town of Okehampton, Devon, England lies near the west-central areas of the county in the southwest of the country. It also lies at the northern edge of a large natural area of moorland, protected by its designation as a national park. This park's border lies just to the south of the town.

The town itself grew as the result of the trade in woolen goods during medieval times. There are historically-interesting and notable buildings in the town, including a 15th century chapel and also Okehampton Castle. This structure is an example of what's called a "motte and bailey" castle. It has its beginnings in the Norman era of England, in the 11th century.

There are also the remains of a Roman era fort which have been found near to the near itself. This gives Okehampton and the surrounding area a long and rich historical heritage. The town is also the site of a museum dedicated to life in the area of the moor, more popularly known as Dartmoor.

Economically, Okehampton also benefits from the presence of a large army training camp in Dartmoor, which hosts many different training activities throughout the year. With a population of around 5,900 people in the town proper, and sitting as it does on the edge of the moorland, Okehampton has always been a central travel point in that part of the region. There are also a great many smaller villages and towns surrounding this larger town.

The ceremonial and non-metropolitan county of Devon, in which Okehampton resides, lies in the southwest of England. It is bordered to the north by the Bristol Channel and to the south by the English Channel. It is interesting to note that it is also the only county in all of England with two separate coastlines. Both Okehampton and Devon are illustrative of classic English life and living.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02