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Drewsteignton

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Drewsteignton is a village and civil parish within the administrative area of West Devon, England, also lying within the Dartmoor National Park. It is located in the Teign valley, 13mi west of Exeter and 9mi south east of Okehampton. It is known for its attractive scenery, for its picturesque village centre, and for the nearby attractions of Castle Drogo and the beauty spot of Fingle Bridge. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 1,616HistorySettlement in the area dates back to the Neolithic period. Spinsters' Rock at Shilston, within the parish, is a Neolithic chambered tomb dating from around 3000 BC, and there are stone circles of similar date in the area. Later, an Iron Age hill fort, now known as Prestonbury Castle, was developed on the end of a prominent ridge.The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book as "Taintone", meaning a village beside the Teign. By the 13th century it was known as "Teyngton Drue", part of the name coming from a local landowner Drogo, also known as Drewe de Teignton. In later years a myth developed, encouraged by the presence of the archaeological remains, that the "Drew" part of the name derived from the presence of druids, but there is no evidence to support this.
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