Colyford: A linear village in East Devon

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Colyford Village

Ancient Borough Of Colyford
Colyford is a village on the A3052 Lyme Regis to Exeter road, situated mid-way between Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. Seaton, and the coast, are around 1.5 miles to the south whilst the small town of Colyton is around half a mile away inland. Colyford has a population of around 800, while Colyton's is around 2,300.

The Ancient Borough of Colyford was granted borough status in 1225 to Sir Thomas Bassett by King John making it one of the oldest villages in England. All residents over the age of 18 are Burgesses of the village. The village continues to elect a Mayor and a Burgesses' Committee. Their main role is to promote the strong sense of community within the village and build the social scene that is centred around the Memorial Hall.

The Burgesses' Committee and other volunteer Burgesses from other committees in the village hold a number of very well attended events throughout the year, including the Michaelmas Goose Fayre and Mayoral Procession, the Beating of the Bounds walk and the Mayors Supper to name but a few. As the borough is 800 years old in 2025 a number of special events are being organised to mark this occasion.

All details of these events and more information about the Burgesses Committee can be found at
In 2023, the Colyford Parish Council was founded and volunteers from the Parish were elected to become Councillors, representing the Colyford residents, also known as Burgesses. More information about the Parish Council and it's work in the community can be found at

From there you can subscribe to Parish Council updates that will come directly to your inbox, with other relevant information about events and news in the village.

Colyford has a chapel-of-ease, dedicated to St. Michael and All Angels, also a village Post Office, a Butchers, and two Pubs, The Wheelwright and the White Hart. The former petrol station is now a listed building and houses a café.

Colyford Village Information

Tram at Colyford

Another attraction of the village is the Tramway that runs along part of the discontinued railway branch line. Nowadays trams run from Seaton to Colyton. Very popular with tourists, the Tramway runs a regular service from Spring to Autumn.

It is generally agreed that Colyford is a very friendly and agreeable place to live and visit.

Although unconnected with this site there is also a web site for Colyton here.

If you are not familiar with the village and coming this way see our visitors guide here

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