Broadhempston is a small village in the Teignbridge District in South Devon. It lies about halfway between Dartmoor and Torbay. The village has a long history, and was initially mentioned in the Domesday Book, but during the past 180 years nearly every aspect of village life has changed, bringing improvements in housing, health, education, work and transport.
Historically our parish depended primarily on agriculture. Most of the land was owned and occupied by independent yeoman farmers. These, together with some of the tradesmen – blacksmith, wheelwright and mason – made up a village ‘elite’ who were a class apart from their labourers and servants. This social structure seemed to survive up to the Great War, and maybe even to the Second World War.
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