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Oare Town Information

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Oare Church - Photo © Marion Dutcher
Oare Church - Photo: Marion Dutcher CCL

This ancient village in the wooded valley of Oare Water holds a treat for lovers of R D Blackmore’s famous novel ‘Lorna Doone’; it was here in Oare’s 15th century church that Carver Doone shot poor Lorna as she prepared to marry her sweetheart. Robert’s Bridge also appears in the novel, as do the Snow family, who lived here. There’s even a monument to Mr Blackmore who helped to put this part of the world on the map. Blackmore’s father was vicar of Oare for almost 40 years.