King’s Nympton is a large village in North Devon, near to Umberleigh, Chulmleigh and South Molton. Historically it formed part of Witheridge Hundred and is nestled in the hills to the east of the River Taw.
The name "nympton" comes from "Nemeton" meaning a sacred or consecrated place or grove and it is likely that locally were established places of Celtic worship.
King’s Nympton Church (St. James) is mainly a 15th century building, with a large west tower that may be older. All the roofs, including that of the porch, have remarkable carved bosses, portraying foliage and heads of grotesque men and women.
King’s Nympton Park was first enclosed by Sir Lewis Pollard in the early 16th Century. He was a judge who bought the manor and built a mansion here in Henry VII’s time. The present house is an early Georgian mansion in red brick, built by James Buller in the mid 18th Century.
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