River Creedy

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An alder tree on the banks of the River Creedy near Shobrooke Park

The River Creedy is a small river in Devon, England. It gives its name to the local town or ton of Crediton, which is on its west bank. Just below the town, the river merges with the River Yeo and it ends where it meets the River Exe at Cowley Bridge.

The name is believed to be of Celtic origin, but views of its precise origin differ. According to one source it derives from a root meaning winding.[1] Another view holds that it means shrinking, as compared with the more powerful Yeo.[2]


  1. ^ Gover, J.E.B., Mawer, A. & Stenton, F.M (1931). "The Place-Names of Devon". English Place-Name Society. Vol viii. Part I. (Cambridge University Press). p. 4. 
  2. ^ Breeze, A. (2007): Review of The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names

Coordinates: 50°44′N 3°33′W / 50.733°N 3.550°W / 50.733; -3.550