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The Church of St Helen was built in the 13th Century and has a fine example of a "wagon roof", and a Norman font. Kenwith Castle, a Georgian Gothic Country House was one of the homes of the Pine-Coffin family.

Literary Connections
"Kenwith Castle" a book of poems published by Eliza Down of Torrington in 1878


Appledore

 Appledore Quay

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Take time to sit on the Quay at Appledore and watch the boats in the estuary, look across the water to Instow, observe the seabirds and, at low tide, the waders in their tireless search for edible delicacies to be found in the mud. In the summer you can take a ferry across to Instow or a trip around the estuary.

Note: Appledore and Instow Regatta takes place in early August.

Stroll around the quaint streets of this old fashioned fishing village, with its narrow cobbled streets and many Georgian and Victorian cottages. Note the houses with wide upper windows, these would have been originally used as sail makers' lofts. There are shops selling antiques, crafts and all manner of items. If its lunchtime or teatime, call into one of the many Inns or small restaurants for welcome refreshment.

Appledore has a thriving modern shipbuilding business, the large covered yards of "Appledore Shipbuilders" are witness to this continuing skill. The Maritime Museum in the town gives information on Appledore's long association with boat building, a replica of the "Golden Hind" was built here.

Past Times
The economy relied heavily on merchant shipping, fishing and also salmon netting in the river. Not surprisingly, many say a large part of Appledore's income in times past was derived from smuggling!

 
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