Five fun facts about Devon
From cream teas to flaming tar barrels, Devon certainly has lots of interesting history! Here are five fun facts you may not know about the county :
Devon invented the Cornish Pasty
It may be a controversial statement, but researchers believe historic documents suggest the Cornish pasty actually originated in Devon. Both counties continue to fight for ownership, here’s Devon’s claim for the world-famous pastry: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cornwall/6144460.stm
Flaming tar barrels are a Devon tradition
Dating back to the 17th Century, a Devon tradition of carrying flaming wooden barrels full of tar takes place every bonfire night (November 5th), in the village of Ottery St Mary. Villagers walk through busy streets with flaming barrels of their back – an exciting and slightly scary spectacle!
Home to the only place name with an exclamation mark!
Named after a Charles Kingsley novel, the north Devon village of Westward Ho! is the only place in Britain to use an exclamation mark in its name!
Devon claims to have ‘the narrowest street in the world’
Just off the main High Street in Exeter, lies Parliament Street, a long, dark alley with a plaque claiming to be the narrowest street in the entire world. Exeter is also home to Gandy Street – supposedly inspiration for Harry Potter’s ‘Diagon Alley’, tucked away in the city centre.
It's the location of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’
The misty moorland of Dartmoor was the setting for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous crime novel, Hound of the Baskervilles. The well-known Sherlock Holmes story has also had film and TV adaptations that used Devon as a location. Dartmoor continues to be a popular filming location, perhaps most famously for 2011 movie, War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg.