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Kingsbridge is situated in the beautiful South Hams district of Devon. The name Hams is derived from the Saxon word Hamms meaning sheltered place and that gives an apt starting point to describe the area. Kingsbridge town is centrally located at the top of the Kingsbridge estuary and is ideally placed to enjoy the wonderful rolling hills, wooded valleys and is within reach of the popular destinations of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Bigbury-on-Sea.

Kingsbridge shambles
Kingsbridge street

Kingsbridge itself is an ancient market town and has an original has 16th Century shambles of shops. It was originally two separate towns Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke, but the latter got absorbed as Kingsbridge developed. The Cookworthy Museum of Rural Life in South Devon is set in 17th Century Grammar school house. It is a fascinating exhibition that depicts life in the area in the past and is dedicated to William Cookworthy a Quaker who was a pioneer in the Porcelain industry.

One of Kingsbridge's most famous visitors was the Prince Regent (later King George IV) who contemplated building his pavillion here before finally deciding to build it in Brighton. One visit to the area will make you realise why this part of Devon is so popular for people looking to enjoy the wonderful scenery and beaches that have still not been over commercialised.

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Kingsbridge street
Kingsbridge view