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St James Church

Jacobstowe is a village and civil parish in the West Devon district of Devon in England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 118. The village is on the River Okement, about 5 miles (8 km) north of Okehampton.

The church of St James, originating in the 12th century, largely rebuilt in the 15th century and restored in 1902, is a grade II* listed building.[1]


A traditional song from Jacobstowe 'The Jacobstowe Wassail' was recorded by Waterson:Carthy on 'Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man. There is a "Jacobstowe" (now spelled with an "e") in Devon and a "Jacobstow" (no "e") in Cornwall. The Rev'd Sabine Baring Gould who "found" the song collected from both Devon and Cornwall. However, a study of the 25" to the mile Ordnance Survey maps in the latter half of the 19th century reveals no apple orchards around the Cornish village, suggesting that the source of the song was Jacobstowe (Devon) not too far away from the reverend gentleman's home at Lew Trenchard.


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Coordinates: 50°47′N 4°00′W / 50.783°N 4.000°W / 50.783; -4.000