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Welcome to Landkey - It's widely believed by the locals that Landkey was founded by Sir Francis Drake in the 1500's as a settlement to escape from the Spanish. This 'mistruth legend' has, however, been disputed by historians but is a romantic notion and doesn't harm the timeless charm of this North Devon village.

It is more widely accepted that the name of the village, Landkey, is derived from the Llan of Kea, 'Llan' is the south-western Brythonic (and Welsh) for an area of ground around a church or chapel, which in this case was Saint Kea's hermitage.

Landkey is also famous for its Mazzard fruit - which was discovered by local farmers in the early 1900s. Landkey Parish Council have rescued Mazzard trees from the brink of extinction. The variety of sweet cherry was once common in North Devon, but had almost died out.

The parish council won a £35,000 matching grant through the Countryside Agency's Millennium Green project to pave the way for creating a 2-acre (8,100 m2) orchard as part of a wider Millennium Green project.

Landkey is famous for many well known buildings and landmarks, these include:

The Castle Inn
Ring o' Bells
St Paul's Church
Venn Quarry
The Post Office
Landkey Primary School
Codden Hill

In 1987, it was suggested that Landkey should be demolished. However, such plans were thwarted by local protestors, and the council decided to expand the village instead.

Castle Inn, Blakeshill Rd, Landkey Tel: 01271 830438
Edda Hadley,
Interior Design, 10 The Orchards Tel: 01271 831244
Lyncroft Store, Blakeshill Rd, Landkey Tel: 01271 830278
Paul Jewels,
Surveyor, 9 The Orchards, Landkey Tel: 01271 831221

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