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To the east and to the west of the river the land is elevated forming a valley.
The river first enters the town at 300 feet (91 m) above sea level and leaves the town at 130 feet (40 m) above sea level.
In the 1830s the Ivy Bridge lost its position as the only means of crossing the river when the 'New Bridge' was built joining Fore Street and Exeter Road. Throughout the 1980s and '90s it underwent a period of rapid growth and was noted as the fastest growing town in Europe, perhaps due to the A38 road by-pass.
Between the censuses in 19 the population more than doubled from 5,106 to 12,056.
is a small town and civil parish in the South Hams, in Devon, England. It is at the southern extremity of Dartmoor, a National Park of England and Wales and lies along the A38 "Devon Expressway" road.
There are two electoral wards in Ivybridge East and Ivybridge West with a total population of 11,851.
The town forms part of the county constituency of South West Devon.
Its Member of Parliament is Gary Streeter formerly an SDP politician, but now a member of the Conservative party who held 56.6% of the votes at the 2015 election.
There is also an area of woodland called Longtimber Woods to the north of the town, which attracts many walkers along its riverside path. Throughout most of the town the rock is Old Red Sandstone (sedimentary) from the Devonian period.83 years later the village and civil parish of Ivybridge became a town in 1977.Its local government district has been the South Hams since 1 April 1974 and its county constituency has been South West Devon since 1997.In 1848 the railway arrived on the northern edge of the village [South Devon Railway Company].The paper mill closed in 2013 after 226 years in Ivybridge and the buildings are being converted to homes and shops.