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South Molton is a small town in Devonmarker, Englandmarker. It is part of the North Devonmarker local government district. The town is on the River Mole. According to the 2001 census the civil parish of South Molton had a population of 4,093.

The town was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835. It retained this status as a municipal borough until 1967, when it became a rural borough in the South Molton Rural District.

On 14 March 1655 Sir John Penruddock was captured after a three-hour street fight in South Molton by soldiers of the New Model Army under the command of Captain Unton Crook. With his capture the Penruddock uprising came to an end and so did the 1655 plans of the Sealed Knot to restore King Charles II to the throne of England.

It is a small, well built market town trading mostly in sheep and cattle. Situated on the southern side of Exmoormarker just off the North Devon link road.


There are good local educational facilities, South Molton College which is a state secondary school rated as a specialist technology college and West Buckland Schoolmarker a co-educational independent school just outside the town.

South Molton Primary School was one of the schools studied in the 1950s by Iona and Peter Opie.


There are clubs in South Molton for badminton, bowls, football, gymnastics, judo, rugby, running, table tennis and tennis. There is a local public swimming pool & climbing wall.


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