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Local Area

Yarcombe’s village centre is small with its historical Norman church, the Yarcombe Inn with monastical roots, The Belfry B&B, a village hall and cluster of houses, but its many outlying farms and hamlets make Yarcombe a large parish with a very active community.  We can boast of several music and singing groups, a skittles league, award winning amateur dramatics, Saturday markets selling homemade locally grown produce, rural crafts etc, village hall activities, flower and garden shows.

Yarcombe is a working village with farming and agricultural support services important for its way of life and  employment.  There are other small businesses in the community covering accommodation and food, building and joinery, motor services, furniture making, and rural crafts. 

Historically we have some claim to fame.  Earl Harold (as of King) briefly owned the manor, prior to his demise at the Battle of Hastings, and much later in Elizabethan times the ownership passed to Francis Drake.  Today one of his ancestors remains squire of Yarcombe.   There was also infamy in the time of the Hundred Years war when money was sent from Yarcombe by its French owner to the armies of France  to fight the English.