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Bradworthy is a very old village which, it used to be said was noted for its Square and its horniwinks. The Square, the towne-place as it is described in old deeds, largest village square in the Westcountry, will no doubt remain the centre of the village as it has for over a thousand years; but for the horniwinks - a local name for peewits - which would have haunted the Moors for thousands of years, for some unknown reason have gone.

Leaving the village on the Holsworthy road Here we have one of the best examples of a Saxon village in the Westcountry. Founded shortly after the Saxon conquest of North Devon, probably about 700 AD. Facilities include a pub, church, post office, general stores, butchers, tea rooms and doctors.

Bradworthy was the centre of an extensive territory including what is now the parish of Pancrasweek. The Square was once a grassy green described by Miss M. P. Willcocks, the novelist, as being as full of the romance of the past as the magic phrase 'the Great North Road'. It is not now, though, quite such a place of old-world peace as she described. But Bradworthy still has a grassy green known as the Broad Hill in the Lower Village, planted with copper beech and flowering cherry. Of the houses in the village the old part of the Inn is of an early date and might have been the old Church House.

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