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St James Church, Avonwick
Avonwick is located in Devon
Location within Devon
OS grid referenceSX715584
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTQ10
Dialling code01364
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
List of places
50°24′32″N 3°48′50″W / 50.409°N 3.814°W / 50.409; -3.814Coordinates: 50°24′32″N 3°48′50″W / 50.409°N 3.814°W / 50.409; -3.814

Avonwick is a village in the civil parish of North Huish, in the South Hams district, in the county of Devon, England. The River Avon runs through the village - its name derives from avon meaning river, and wick an old word for village,[1] but it was not so named until the 1870s, previously being known as Newhouse.[1][2]

Avonwick has about 120 houses in the main village and has rapidly grown in size over the last few years, with three developments adding 17 houses in the late 1990s,[3] 7 houses in 2000[4] and 33 houses in 2012.[5]

The village church, dedicated to St James, is one of only a few proprietary chapels remaining in the country.[1] The village also has a pub,[6] one of the oldest lawn tennis clubs in the world[7] and a garage, with a further restaurant on the road to South Brent.[8] The village had a succession of shops from 1871, but the last village shop closed in 2018.

The village has one of the oldest walkways in Devon: known as the Cobbly Way or Cobbly Walk, the cobbled track alongside the river shows traces of ancient cart ruts over its 400-yard length.[9]

Avonwick railway station opened about half a mile (1 km) outside the village in 1893, on the branchline between South Brent and Kingsbridge. The station and line closed in 1963.


  1. ^ a b c St James' Church Avonwick on the Society of Cornishes website
  2. ^ Gover, J.E.B., Mawer, A. & Stenton, F.M. (1931). The Place-Names of Devon. English Place-Names Society. Vol viii. Part I. Cambridge University Press. P.303.
  3. ^ "Planning Application Details 38/0250/89/1". South Hams District Council.
  4. ^ "Planning Application Details 38/0509/00/F". South Hams District Council.
  5. ^ "Planning Application Details 38/0793/11/F". South Hams District Council.
  6. ^ Avon Inn Archived May 5, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ / Avon Vale Tennis and Croquet Club Archived 2013-02-02 at Archive.today
  8. ^ The Turtley Corn Mill
  9. ^ Scott, Christine (2010). A story of North Huish and Avonwick. Exeter: Short Run Press Limited. p. 8.

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