Ilfracombe  Devon


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Ilfracombe like this:

Ilfracombe, watering-place, seaport, market town, and par., N. Devon, on Bristol Channel, 11 miles NW. of Barnstaple and 236 miles SW. of London, 5583 ac., pop. 6255; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. The town has recently risen in importance, chiefly through its sheltered and picturesque position, as well as the salubrity of its atmosphere. ...

These features attract an extensive floating population. The harbour is very good, and there is some coasting trade and fishing. On N. side of harbour is a lighthouse 29 ft. high. with fixcd light (Ilfracombe) 127 ft. above high water and seen 10 miles.

Ilfracombe through time

Ilfracombe is now part of North Devon district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Devon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Ilfracombe itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ilfracombe in North Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th October 2020

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