Welcome to the Bradford and Cookbury Parish Council Website
Much of the remainder is farmland and forestry plantation with no substantial industry.
Only one main road crosses the area, the A3072 (Holsworthy to Hatherleigh) though the unclassified road from Brandis Corner to Stibb Cross, which bisects the parish passing through Bradford (Holemoor), is arguably just as busy.
This is an ancient area with mentions in the Domesday Book the parish of Bradford being known as Bradefort probably referring to a broad ford across the Torridge at what is now known as Bradford Mill and its connections with the Cadho, Arscott and Bickford families who owned the Dunsland Estate, now part of the National Trust holdings.
There are two fine old churches; Bradford, the site of which dates from the 5th Century, and Cookbury from the 12th Century with its dedication to the martyred Seven Maccabees which is unique to this country; a recently extended primary school (between the two hamlets); a splendid new village hall (next to the school) and a pub (the Bickford Arms) at Brandis Corner.
A mobile library calls twice a month. Access to regular services is limited to those in neighbouring towns and villages.
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