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The village post office
Strete is located in Devon
 Strete shown within Devon
Population 474 (2011)
OS grid reference SX841469
Civil parish Strete
District South Hams
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Devon
List of places

Coordinates: 50°18′36″N 3°37′44″W / 50.310°N 3.629°W / 50.310; -3.629

Strete is a village and civil parish in the South Hams district of Devon, England. It lies within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, about 5 miles south-west of the town of Dartmouth, at the north end of Strete Sands. The main road through the village is the A379 road between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge. In 2001 the population of the parish was 520,[1]decreasing at the 2011 census to 474.[2]

The first documentary mention of the place was as Streta in 1194. In 1244 it was called Strete. The name derives from Old English Strǣt, meaning a road or Roman road, providing evidence that the village lies on an ancient trackway.[3]

Until 1881 Strete was part of Blackawton parish and there a small medieval chapel of ease here until 1836 when the present church, dedicated to St Michael, was built on the same site, incorporating the chapel's tower.[1][4]

Strete was one of the parishes evacuated in 1943–4 as part of Exercise Tiger.


  1. ^ a b Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 163. ISBN 1-84114-314-6. 
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 6 April 2015". 
  3. ^ Watts, Victor (2010). The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names (1st paperback ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 586. ISBN 978-0-521-16855-7. 
  4. ^ Cherry, Bridget & Pevsner, Nikolaus (1989). The Buildings of England — Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 770. ISBN 0-14-071050-7. 

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