Wartime

Like many rural parts of the UK, wartime saw an influx of evacuees from the cities, and so Lynton & Lynmouth had a big increase in child population numbers for a few years.

Also like anywhere else at the time, food and resources were short and rations were limiting. Locals would do what they could to supplement rations with local produce and home growing. This included more use being made of local natural resources for food including limpets.

During the war, although remote on the Exmoor Coast, blackouts were as important here as anywhere else. German bombers would fly up the Bristol Channel in order to find and target Bristol. Lights showing in Lynton & Lynmouth risked attracting attention, so blackouts and the use of blackout curtains had to be strictly observed.

One of the most notable events of the war was the crash of a german aircraft in a field near Lynton on Martinhoe Common. The German pilot survived and was taken to Lynton, where he was kept in a police cell overnight, before being taken on to Barnstaple the next day. He had with him his watch, camera and binoculars (now all held privately by locals). The cells still remain behind the town hall in Lynton - there has been ideas of restoring them one day, although it has not yet been progressed.

At the end of the war there were big celebrations including a firework display on VE day. Whilst children were treated to a free cinema show, a free dance for the adults was attended by as many as 800 people in the town hall.