As well as some general information about the parish, we will publish on a regular basis the agendas for forthcoming Parish Council meetings, the minutes for these meetings and the minutes for the Planning Meetings. These minutes are usually approved at the subsequent meeting, so will only be available a month after the meeting.
Finally we have the ability to publish current news stories that are of interest to those in the parish and the facility to organise Parish Polls where people can vote on a specific issue that the Parish Council feels will benefit from direct Parish comment.
We hope you will find the site informative and useful, and would encourage you to register for full access to all its features. Finally, on the contact us page is the ability to contact the Parish Clerk by email, who would be pleased to receive your comments and queries both on this new site, but also on the working of the Parish Council in general.
Ilsington is a predominently rural Parish situated on the eastern edge of Dartmoor in the pictureque County of Devon, in the South West of England. It is one of the largest in the county, and includes the villages of Ilsington, Haytor Vale, Liverton, Sigford and South Knighton.
The village of the same name is believed to be an ancient settlement - probably existing 200 to 300 years before the Norman Conquest. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Ilestintona, and there is known to have been a church there since at least the 11th Century. St. Michael's Parish Church, as seen today, dates back to the 15th century. It was the site of an incident which has passed into local folklore: in 1639 the schoolroom, which was above the west lychgate of the church, collapsed into the street and churchyard.
Apart from its agricultural history, Ilsington's industrial archeology reflects the mining of the 18th and 19th centuries. The Atlas tin mine and the Smallacombe iron mine were major local enterprises - with the cottages at Lewthorne Cross being built for William Grose, the mine captain and mine workers. Nearby, at Haytor, granite was quarried and carried down to Stover on the Haytor Granite Tramway, and the remains of the miners' buildings can still be seen.Haytor granite was used in the building of many civic structures including London Bridge, over the Thames in London. The stone was carried from Haytor to the canal at Stover by the granite railway - a route now commemorated in the Templer Way footpath.
The parish of Ilsington covers a large part of the Dartmoor National Park and the land bordering it. It is a parish with a split personality, divided into two distinct areas, one with High Moor characteristics and one with commuter and dormitory areas.
Most of the population of the parish lives in 2% of the area, in the Old Liverton and Coldeast districts, the rest of the population being spread out over the villages of Haytor Vale, Higher Brimley, South Knighton, Ingsdon and Chipley. We have 2 primary schools in the parish, both receiving good reports from the latest Offsted Inspections.
On first inspection the parish looks and feels like an idyllic place to live and that is true in some respects. We have beautiful scenery, interesting historical sites, including a 12th century Church, good walking areas and some very good pubs!
However we also have the all too common downside of any rural area, being a lack of public transport and local evening activities, especially for our teenage and young people. We are lucky enough to have 2 vibrant village halls in the parish and they are both extremely busy, providing facilities for all sorts of clubs and societies from playgroups, scouts, cubs and brownies through to Women’s Institute meetings and Dance Classes.
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It's that time again for Ranger Simon Lee's Haytor volunteer days!
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At the councils request Mike Beasley and his team of volunteers completed a litter pick along...