Remember to check the 'Local Events' page for events ocurring in the village.

9th February 2018 - The Parish Council has received notification that the road closure at Meeth, previously planned to take place on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th of February, will now occur between March 5th and the 8th. You can see the notice, and the diversion route by clicking here.

  Torridge District Neighbourhood Watch.

Torridge NHW covers the areas of Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington and we are proud that it is one of the safest places in England and Wales. Our aim is to help the police to keep it as a very low crime area by increasing the awareness of crime without increasing the fear of crime. The public plays a vital role in helping the police to reduce crime and NHW is a popular way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved. It is a proven fact that neighbourhoods covered by a Watch scheme tend to be less likely to become victims of burglary and other crimes. Watch schemes can vary in size from just two or three residents up to several dozen on an estate or block of flats and the schemes help to foster neighbourliness and community spirit which go towards building better communities.

For further information and contacts please look at our website at: (opens in a new window) or call Tom Carrick, our chairman, on 01237 474031

28th August 2017 - The Parish Council has received news that from September 1st 2017, Torridge DCC are extending the range of plastic items that they will accept in the weekly re-cycling collection. Please click here to see a leaflet with all the details, plus the Bank Holiday collection dates from August 2017 to March 2018.

26th January 2017 - The Parish Council has received a leaflet from the Devon Communities Resiliance Forum, with suggestions for dealing with emergencies. You can view the leaflet by clicking here. (Opens in a new window).

6th January 2017 - The Parish Council has received information from Geoffrey Cox, our local Member of Parliament, with dates of his surgeries in 2017. You can see the dates and contact information by clicking here.

9th July 2014 - The Parish Council has just received notification of a service for cancer patients who need to travel to North Devon District Hospital. Click here to see the poster. (Opens in a new window).

Merton, Devon

Merton village in Devon

Merton probably derives its name from the old English word for a sheet of standing water; a lake or pond was a ‘mere’ - hence ‘the town by the mere‘. The river which bounds much of the parish to the east is the River Mere.

Merton has been recorded as having a variety of names: Merton or Mertona in the 1086 Domesday Book, then Mereton, Marton, Martyn and Merton – although for a time also commonly called Martin, which may just be the local Devon deriviation of the spoken name. The village church is now called All Saints, but was in fact known as St Martins before the major Victorian restoration.

Settlement in the area goes back to the mists of time itself. Knapped flints having been found at different locations within the parish. Merton was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 (the Norman inventory of all the lands and estates in their ownership) after their conquest, and William the Conqueror gave Merton to one of his knights. Later on, from King Henry the 2nd's time, knights living here probably took their name from the settlement. A Philip de Merton held it in 1166. The last ‘Merton‘ to hold the village was a Richard de Merton, who died in 1370 without any male heirs, and it came to his widow Matilda, who remarried Sir John FitzWarin, and thus ended the direct Merton family connection.

Today Merton, as in the past, is primarily an agricultural area. The woods and nearby clay industry has meant some considerable employment over recent centuries. Although now much diminished, the clay is mined by open cast method and shipped from Bideford to various parts of the world in large bulk ships. Indeed, when in Bideford when the tides are right, you may often see one of the Russian ships moored up and loading clay.

Our Neighbours

Our nearest neighbour is the village of Petrockstowe - about 2 miles away. Click here to visit their web site.