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A sede administrativa de Devon é a cidade de Exeter. A maior cidade em Devon, Plymouth, e a conurbação de Torbay (incluindo Torquay, Paignton e Brixham) são autoridades unitárias (Unitary authorities), desde 1998, separadas do restante de Devon que é administrado pelo Conselho do Condado de Devon (Devon County Council) para fins de governo local.

O Conselho do Condado de Devon é controlado pelos Conservadores, e a representação política dos seus 62 conselheiros são: 41 Conservadores, 14 Liberais Democratas, quatro Trabalhsitas, dois Independentes e um Verde.[1] A nível nacional, Devon possui sete Deputados Conservadores, dois Liberais Democratas e dois Trabalhistas.

Hundreds

Historicamente, Devon era dividiva em 32 hundreds:[2] Axminster, Bampton, Black Torrington, Braunton, Cliston, Coleridge, Colyton, Crediton, East Budleigh, Ermington, Exminster, Fremington, Halberton, Hartland, Hayridge, Haytor, Hemyock, Lifton, North Tawton and Winkleigh, Ottery, Plympton, Roborough, Shebbear, Shirwell, South Molton, Stanborough, Tavistock, Teignbridge, Tiverton, West Budleigh, Witheridge e Wonford.

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The inner harbour, Brixham, south Devon, at low tide

The main settlements in Devon are the cities of Plymouth, a historic port now administratively independent, Exeter, the county town, and Torbay, the county's tourist centre. Devon's coast is lined with tourist resorts, many of which grew rapidly with the arrival of the railways in the 19th century. Examples include Dawlish, Exmouth and Sidmouth on the south coast, and Ilfracombe and Lynmouth on the north. The Torbay conurbation of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham on the south coast is now administratively independent of the county. Rural market towns in the county include Axminster, Barnstaple, Bideford, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Tavistock, Crediton, Totnes and Tiverton.

The boundary with Cornwall has not always been on the River Tamar as at present: until the late 19th century a few parishes in the Torpoint area were in Devon and five parishes now in north-east Cornwall were in Devon until 1974. (However for ecclesiastical purposes these were nevertheless in the Archdeaconry of Cornwall and in 1876 became part of the Diocese of Truro.)

Referências

  1. «Tories take over county council». The BBC. 5 de junho de 2009. Consultado em 6 de junho de 2009 
  2. GENUKI http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/Hundreds.html