Lympstone is a small East Devon village located on the eastern shore of the River Exe estuary below Woodbury Common just outside the seaside town of Exmouth.
Linked by rail to Exmouth and Exeter by the Avocet Line, one of the few remaining branch lines left in Devon after the Beecham cutbacks of the 1960's, the village has a population of about 2000 people.
The history of the settlement has roots going back at least as far as Saxon times, and possibly further to Roman times.
One of the lords of the manor of Lympstone was William de Tracey, one of four knights who murdered Archbishop Thomas a Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170
An equerry to Queen Elizabeth I, Ralph Lane, was born in Lympstone and traveled with Sir Walter Raleigh as a soldier on his second expedition to the New World in 1585.