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About Broadclyst

Broadclyst Parish is about five miles north-east of Exeter. It is one of the largest parishes in the country, covering 10270 acres. The Parish has about 2830 inhabitants - see 2001 Census statistics for the Parish.

As well as the village of Broadclyst, the Parish covers Westwood, Beare, Budlake, Columbjohn, Killerton, West Clyst and the northern half of Clyst Honiton. The River Clyst flows through the Parish, giving it's name to many of the villages and hamlets in and around the Parish. The word "clyst" is believed to have meant "clear stream" in Celtic (try saying it quickly). The River Culm also skirts the north-west of the Parish.

The Parish has rolling countryside with red Devon soil, the thickly wooded Ashclyst Forest with well signed footpaths and the broad floodplains of the Rivers Clyst and Culm.Much of Broadclyst Parish is part of Killerton Estate. Killerton House was formerly home to the Acland family and is now owned by the National Trust. The estate owns many of the properties in the Parish, many of which are identifiable by their yellow rendering. The red line on the to the right shows the Parish boundary.



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