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Northlew
Northlew (Devon)
Northlew

Northlew shown within Devon
Population 592 [1](2001 Census)
OS grid reference SX504991
 - London 207 miles (333 km)
Parish Northlew
District West Devon
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OKEHAMPTON
Postcode district EX20
Dialling code 01409
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
European Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Torridge and West Devon
Website: http://www.northlew.com/
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Coordinates: 50°46'20?N 4°07'16?W? / ?50.7721, -4.1212Northlew is a village and civil parish in the West Devon district of the county of Devon, England, located at 50.77° N 4.12° W, UK National Grid reference SX5099. The post code for the village post office is EX20 3NZ.

Thatched cottage and parish church at Northlew
Thatched cottage and parish church at Northlew

The village is approximately 7 miles (11Km) northwest of the town of Okehampton, and most places in the village have excellent views over Dartmoor. The village is relatively isolated, not being served by any main roads. It has an attractive main square surrounded by traditional buildings, some of them thatched; just off the square are a pub, the local primary school and two churches, the Church of England parish church of Saint Thomas Becket and the Methodist church (originally Bible Christian). The ecclesiastical parish of Northlew has been combined with the neighbouring village of Ashbury, and since the school is a Church of England voluntary controlled school, it bears the name of both villages.

Historically, Northlew formed part of Black Torrington Hundred. It gets its name from the ancient manor of Lew, mentioned in the Domesday Book; the village of Lewdown and the River Lew are nearby. The village has the melancholy distinction of having lost the highest proportion of its enlisting population of any municipality in the United Kingdom during the First World War: of 100 men who enlisted in the forces, 24 died. A stone memorial to them was recently erected in the churchyard, replacing wooden memorial tablets within the church.

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