The parish of Combpyne-Rousdon sits astride the A3052 coast road in East Devon. This is the central parish of the three coastal East Devon parishes which make up Trinity Ward on East Devon District Council. Combpyne-Rousdon is bordered by Axmouth to the west, Uplyme to the east and Musbury to the north.
Combpyne is a beautiful hamlet north of the A3052 and Rousdon. Situated in a sheltered East Devon combe this scattered hamlet includes a medieval manor house, a c13th century church with rare ‘saddle-back’ roof, housing wall paintings and ancient bells and a village pond known as ‘The Harbour’. It is not unheard of for tourists to arrive in the village looking for the harbour – but the hamlet is several miles from the coast.
Combpyne once had a railway station on the Lyme Regis branch line of the Southern Railway and subsequently British Railways. This closed in 1965, but traces of the dismantled railway and the magnificent Cannington Viaduct can be seen nearby.
The village of Rousdon sits astride the A3052 road in East Devon between Colyford and Lyme Regis. The village splits into two main areas. To the south of the A3052 is the Rousdon Estate. This is now predominantly a modern private estate, built between 1998 and 2012 in the grounds of the Grade II* listed Mansion house which has itself been converted into a number of prestigious houses. The whole was originally built as a working estate in the 19th Century. In 1937 the Allhallows school moved to the estate from Honiton, where it operated as a private boarding school until its closure in 1998.
The small village of Rousdon is predominantly to the north of the A30252. It has a garage, car sales, village stores and hair dressers on a single site next to the village hall, which has a bar facility.
The southern coast of the parish are the coastal cliffs and The Undercliff World Heritage Site. This is an unstable wilderness area with regular landslips following a major slip in 1839. The South West Coast Path runs through the Undercliff from Axmouth in the west to Lyme Regis in the east although the views from this section are generally poor as much of the walk runs through thick vegetation.
Combpyne-Rousdon has the dubious distinction of one of the worst broadband services in the country. Our challenge is to rectify this situation to safeguard the economic future of local residents and businesses. This in the face of government disinterest, and the likelihood that no alternative supplier will come forward to challenge the BT monopoly which has served the area and other rural communities so badly…