Cheriton Fitzpaine

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Cheriton Fitzpaine
Cheriton Fitzpaine, Cheriton Mill - - 364350.jpg
Cheriton Mill
Cheriton Fitzpaine is located in Devon
Cheriton Fitzpaine
Cheriton Fitzpaine
Location within Devon
OS grid referenceSS867061
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCrediton
Postcode districtEX17
Dialling code01363
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°50′38″N 3°36′36″W / 50.8438°N 3.61006°W / 50.8438; -3.61006Coordinates: 50°50′38″N 3°36′36″W / 50.8438°N 3.61006°W / 50.8438; -3.61006

Cheriton Fitzpaine is a village in Devon, England, located 4 miles (7 km) north-east of Crediton. The population of the parish in the 2011 Census was 556.[1]

The village is noted for its historic buildings, including the old Primary School, the longest thatched house in England. Cheriton Fitzpaine is a major part of the electoral ward Way, with a 2011 population of 1,603.[2]

Local amenities[edit]

Cheriton Fitzpaine has two pubs: The Half Moon Inn, and The Ring of Bells, which have been serving the village for more than 150 years, and are mentioned in the directories of Kelly 1893 and Whites of 1850.[3]

Jacks Acre is a large field maintained by the parish council, open to public use for leisure activities, such as the annual Wassail and sports activities.[4] The parish council also maintains an under-elevens playground, situated just off the main street.

Thorne's Farm Shop is a local farm shop placed on the outskirts, which serves local produce and a cafe.

Historic buildings[edit]

Cheriton Fitzpaine features numerous historic buildings, with many homes originating as early as the fifteenth century.

The original primary school building dates back to 1642 and is the oldest thatched longhouse in England, its former use is believed to have been as the church house. In 1875 a school board was formed and the school started, with the local attendance officer as clerk of the board.[3] The addition of the school house to the teaching space in 1983 accommodated growing numbers, as well as providing space for an outdoor swimming pool. The school campaigned for a new building, beginning with a pupil letter-writing exercise in 1998, where students wrote to Downing Street and received a reply, which can be read on the school's website.[5] Work began on the new school from September 2009 until October 2010, officially opening in November 2010.

Upcott, the home of fifteenth-century lawyer Nicholas Radford, who was murdered there by men of the Earl of Devon.

Other notable buildings include the Church of St Matthew, a Gothic-style Church of England church, and an almshouse which dates from 1594.


The village had its own football club and a cricket club. The Cheriton Fitzpaine Cricket Club previously held the world record for the world's longest cricket marathon at 27 hours 34 minutes on 24–25 June 2006, and was held for 11 months until it was surpassed by Red Row Cricket Club from Northumberland, England in May 2007. The Club plays host to the annual Mid-Devon Twenty 20 Competition, colloquially known by some as the Cheriton Fitzpaine Girt Big Bash.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Way ward 2011". Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Cheriton Fitzpaine Historical Overview at
  4. ^ "Cheriton News, no 405". September 2003. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  5. ^ Cheriton Fitzpaine Primary and Pre School website

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