Cruwys Morchard

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Church of the Holy Cross, Cruwys Morchard

Cruwys Morchard /ˌkrz ˈmɔrɑrd/ is an ecclesiastical and civil parish in the Mid Devon district of the county of Devon in England. It is located about four to five miles west of Tiverton along the road to Witheridge. The parish covers about 5,765 acres (23.33 km2) of land, and comprises a number of scattered houses and farms, and three small hamlets, Pennymoor, Way Village and Nomansland. The church and the manor house are in the centre of the parish. The population at the time of the 2000 census was 461. The parish takes its name from the Cruwys family who have been Lords of the Manor here since the reign of King John (1199–1216).


The parish is mentioned in the Domesday book[1] as being owned by the Bishop of Countances, with William Cheever as tenant, having 13 cattle, 200 sheep and some houses. It is believed that a wooden Church existed in Cruwys Morchard from the time of Godfrey de Sowy who was the first Rector in 1262.

The Church of the Holy Cross was built in 1529[2] with a spire on top of the church tower. This, however, was struck by lightning in 1689, and the consequent major fire, which melted the bells, necessitated the rebuilding of the top stage of the tower in brick. It also destroyed painted windows which bore the arms of the Cruwys family. The repairs, which also involved a new roof and new pews, took thirteen years to complete. The windows were replaced with stained glass renderings of the Cruwys arms.

There was also a chapel belonging to Cruwys Morchard House which was the burial place of the Cruwys family but the chapel was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell and it is believed that many family monuments were destroyed at the same time.


Cruwys Morchard House, birthplace of Robert Cruwys


  1. ^ "Cruwys Morchard - History". Cruwys Morchard Parish Council. 2004. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  2. ^ Transcribed by Debbie Kennett (2006). "Letter from George Sharland Cruwys to Frederick Stockdale, 2nd January 1841". GENUKI. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  3. ^ a b Debbie Kennett (2007). "Cruwys One-Name Study". Guild of One-Name Studies. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 

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Coordinates: 50°53′52″N 3°36′07″W / 50.89778°N 3.60194°W / 50.89778; -3.60194