Torquay
Cockington Village
Devon TQ2 6XA
 
 
If you are looking for a picturesque English village only one mile (1.6 km) from Torquay, then Cockington fills the bill.
 
Pink colour-washed thatched cottages
The village is a cluster of pink colour-washed thatched cottages on the edge of a country estate.  Beside the thatched Drum Inn a horse-drawn carriage waits, ready to take visitors to Cockington Court. In the middle of the village the watermill wheel turns slowly and the thwack of ball on willow can be heard from the cricket pitch in the Court grounds.
 
Can this be real?  Yes, it is. Cockington is cared for by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust who are dedicated to protecting wildlife, green areas and the coastline of Torbay. There are over 450 acres (182 hectares) of beautiful countryside and an historic manor house to explore, and it is all free.  If walking is difficult, treat yourself to a horse-drawn carriage ride around the area.
 
Two Iron-Age Forts
Two Iron-Age forts on either side of Cockington Valley show that the area has been inhabited for at least 2,500 years.  Records from the 10th century show that there was a small village and a manor owned by Alric the Saxon.   The remains of the Saxon village have been unearthed beside The Drum Inn.
 
The village we see today dates mainly from the 17th and 18th centuries although The Forge has been there since the 14th century and the Church of St George & St Mary is Norman.  The Drum Inn was built in 1936 and a wooden footpath through the Drum's gardens opens onto the village cricket ground.
 
Medieval Manor dates from 11th Century
The medieval manor that became Cockington Court passed through the hands of Saxon nobles to Roger de Cockington.  The family owned the estate from 1048-1348.  The wealthy Cary Family (of Torre Abbey) owned the court from 1375 to 1654. It was then sold to the Mallocks, a family of rich silversmiths from Exeter who owned it from 1654 to 1932, when they sold the estate to the Torquay Corporation.
 
Cockington Court Craft Centre
Cockington Court is now home to various craft workshops including a potter, a blacksmith, and the working glass blowing studio ‘Our Glass’.  There are delightful gardens to explore, a children’s playground for all ages and a licensed restaurant for refreshments.  The extensive grounds provide excellent walks. Web:  Cockington Court Craft Centre
 
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Further Information
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Getting There
- By Car
Travel along the sea front from Torquay town centre to the Livermead House Hotel.  Take the turn on the right hand side by the hotel, sign posted Cockington Country Park. Follow the lane into the village to the junction.
 
Cockington is served by three car parks - Cockington Village and Higher Lodge Car parks. The car park at the rear of Cockington Court is the most suitable for disabled access.
 
To reach Cockington Court turn right and bear left towards The Drum Inn. Just past the main Village Car park is a Bus Stop on the left hand side, take the left hand turning to the Drum Inn, sign posted Cockington Court Meeting Rooms.
 
Follow the lane right up to the back of the Court, passing the stable on the right hand side. There is a 'Pay and Display' Car Park straight ahead. Charges in this car park are about £1 per hour for up to 3 hours and some £4 for 4-12 hours
 
- By Mainline Rail (& then a 2km walk)
Cockington is accessible by train. Change at Newton Abbot for Torquay station. Cockington is a twenty minute walk (some 2km from Torquay rail station) along Hennapyn Road, through the water-meadows and boardwalk - not perfect for wheelchairs.
 
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