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Stokenham, Devon.

Stokenham is a village and civil parish in the English county of Devon.


The village of Stokenham, was known in Saxon Times as Stoc or Stoc Hamme(meaning Stoc medows).[1] By the 13th century the town was called Stoke in Hamme.[2]

In Mediaeval times St. Humbert the Confessor (d.1188AD)[3] was locally venerated as Patron Saint in the town.

The area was known in the 19th century for the fine crabs, and in WWII local residents were evacuated from the area, on the eve of D day.

Start Bay looking north east


Stokenham civil parish includes the settlements of Torcross, Beesands, Hallsands, Kellaton, Kernborough, Dunstone, Beeson and Chillington as well as Stokenham itself.[4] It forms part of the district of South Hams.

To the east of the parish is Start Bay in the English Channel. The principal road in the parish is the A379 running between the nearest towns of Kingsbridge (to the west) and Dartmouth to the north.

Places in the parish[edit]

Point Coordinates
(Links to map resources)
OS Grid Ref Notes
Beesands 50°15′11″N 3°39′26″W / 50.253°N 3.6572°W / 50.253; -3.6572 (Beesands) SX818406
Torcross 50°16′00″N 3°39′13″W / 50.2666°N 3.6535°W / 50.2666; -3.6535 (Torcross) SX822420

Local landmarks[edit]

The parish church[edit]

The present church dates from 1431;[5] an earlier Norman church predated it.[6] The "church, as it stands today, is built on the side of a hill in a 'the Perpendicular style of medieval architecture' so that its whole length can be seen from below. It is dedicated to St. Michael & All Angels which was common practice for churches on an elevated position, however, at one time dedicated St. Barnabas."[7]

Stokenham manor house[edit]

Immediately to the east of the church is the site of Stokenham manor house, abandoned in 1585 but possibly dating back to at least the 12th century.[8]

Local pub[edit]

The Tradesman's Arms is an imposing 14th Century, part-thatched pub and restaurant.


  1. ^ Stokenham Devon England Photos.
  2. ^ Stokenham at Devon County Council website.
  3. ^ Nicholas Orme, English Church Dedications: With a Survey of Cornwall and Devon (University of Exeter Press, 1996) page 24
  4. ^ Stokenham Parish Council
  5. ^ Stokenham Devon England Photo's.
  6. ^ Stokenham Parish Church website.
  7. ^ The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Stokenham at
  8. ^ Excavations and Survey around the Village of Stokenham, Devon Department of Archaeology, The University of Exeter.

Coordinates: 50°16′24″N 3°40′47″W / 50.273202°N 3.679744°W / 50.273202; -3.679744