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Clovelly (/kləˈvɛli/) is a privately-owned harbour village in the Torridge district of Devon, England. The settlement and surrounding land belongs to John Rous who inherited it from his mother in 1983. He belongs to the Hamlyn family who have managed the village since 1738.[1]

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The village sits 400-feet (120-metre) above the harbour and Bideford Bay
Location within Devon
Population443 - Whole parish (2011)
OS grid referenceSS315245
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEX39
Dialling code01237
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50.99°N 04.40°W / 50.99; -04.40

The village, which is built into the wooded sea cliffs of the north Devon shore, has a steep pedestrianised cobbled main street with traditional architecture. Due to the gradients, donkeys (now mostly replaced with sledges) have been used to move goods and cargo from Clovelly Bay. Visitors to the village entering via the visitor centre are required to pay an entrance fee which covers parking, entrance to two museums, Clovelly Court gardens, and an audiovisual history guide.[2][3] The village is a tourist destination and is host to an annual Lobster and Crab festival.[4]

At the 2011 census, the parish population was 443, a decrease of 50 on the 2001 census.[n 1][5] The island of Lundy is part of the electoral ward of Clovelly Bay.[6]