Welcome to the Holcombe website, a small village on the south coast of Devon
Holcombe is situated between the seaside resorts of Dawlish and Teignmouth, and has a population of around eight hundred people. The village has a church (St George's), a shop, two pubs (The Castle Inn in the village, and the Smugglers Inn on the coast road) and a Village Hall. We did have a Post Office but this was closed by the PO, in its wisdom, in September 2008. There is also a kiosk, the Salty Dog, in Smugglers Lane near the beach. For administrative purposes, most of Holcombe falls within the Dawlish South West ward of the Teignbridge District Council, although some residents live in the Teignmouth East ward.
Holcombe's history has been traced back over a thousand years. In this time, the village has changed considerably from a largely rural and agricultural community to the village we see today, with many residents commuting each day to Exeter or Torbay. The village's rich past has been associated with smugglers and been impacted by the growth of the railways - the Bristol to Plymouth main line goes along the coast at Holcombe and is one of the most scenic stretches of the rail network in the country. The heart of the village though has retained much of its character, with many thatched cottages in a designated conservation area.
This website is primarily for the residents of Holcombe and provides details of events as well as general information on the village.
Local Plan Review - New Consultation
More fields in and around the Village are under threat from development in a new consultation document issued by Teignbridge District Council. This time up to 47 new houses in two fields off Holcombe Road, going up from Hall Lane to the Minadab. The details are set out in the link below, towards the end of the document under "Teignmouth". The consultation runs until 24 January.
The Residents Association has made the following representations - if you feel strongly about this issue, please email:
38 Degrees petition
There is a petition calling on Devon County Council to keep its farms farming, rather than offering up green fields for new development. Manor Farm in the Village is specifically mentioned. If you would like to sign the petition, the link is below:
Keep Devon County's Farms Farming! Save Markhams Farm and Manor Farm! | 38 Degrees
Cream Tea - Saturday 24 July
Thank you to everyone who supported this event, in particular those who baked scones, and helped in the kitchen and tidying up. In total, we raised £350 which will be split between Children's Hospice SW and AIMS.
A new Facebook page has been created for Holcombe Residents, for example to share local wants, sales, help etc. (see icon above)
Although the attached document is produced by Bovey Tracey Town Council, it neatly shows the respective responsibilities of Town, District and County Councils.
The Associate Priest at St George's has now retired. Contact details until the post is filled are in the notice below.