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Chevithorne is located in Devon
Chevithorne shown within Devon
Population 5,093 
OS grid reference SS9715
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Exeter
Postcode district EX
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°55′N 3°28′W / 50.92°N 03.46°W / 50.92; -03.46Coordinates: 50°55′N 3°28′W / 50.92°N 03.46°W / 50.92; -03.46

Chevithorne (grid reference SS9715) is a small village near Tiverton, Devon. It lies three miles to the North East of Tiverton. 'Chenetorne' is identified in two entries of the Doomsday Book:[1] The first entry tells us the manor of Chevithorne, had a taxable value 0.6 geld units, and worth £2.3 to the lord in 1086. The holding was populated by 4 villagers. 2 smallholders. 8 slaves. There was enough ploughland for 2 lord's plough teams. and 2 men's plough teams and had, in addition, 0.12 lord's lands. 8 acres of meadow. 15 acres in pasture. and 3 acres of woodland. There were also 10 cattle and 60 sheep. The 'Lords' of this holding in 1086: are named as Alwin (who is also named as lord in 1066), and Beatrix (the sister of Ralph of Pomeroy and William 'the goat'). Ralph de Pomeroy was Tenant-in-chief, He was a large land holder in Devon, and his brother William held several properties as both lord and Tenant-in-Chief.

The balance of the land was held by Baldwin,'the Sheriff', as Tenant in Chief, served by Rogo (son of Nigel) as lord. The holding included 3 villagers. 3 smallholders. 3 slaves; 5 ploughlands . 1 lord's plough teams. 0.5 men's plough teams, in addition to 0.12 acres of lord's lands. 11 acres in meadow, and 12 acres in pasture for 5 cattle. 16 pigs. 18 sheep. 6 goat. Plus 100 acres of woods for hunting. All valued to the lord, in 1086, at £1.

Major Buildings[edit]

Chevithorne Methodist Chapel -

The Church of St Thomas, the parish church, is a Victorian building of 1843 by Bejamin Ferrey.[2] It is of local red sandstone with a slate roof and in a Middle Pointed style.[3] The interior has memorial tablets to members of the Heathcoat-Amory family,[2] local industrialists and landowners who lived at nearby Knightshayes Court. The churchyard contains a memorial to Michael Heathcoat-Amory by the sculptor Eric Gill.[2] The church is a Grade II listed building.[3]

The vicarage, behind the church, is by the Victorian architect William Burges and was commissioned by Sir John Heathcoat-Amory and constructed 1870-71.[2] The style is Burges's "unmistakable muscular Gothic."[2] The building is of one storey with a garret and a kitchen wing and cost £700.[4] Now a private house, the vicarage is also Grade II listed.[4]

Chevithorne Barton is a manor house of the early 17th century, rebuilt in the 19th century and further remodelled for the Heathcoat-Amory's in 1930.[5] Of three storeys, it contains some original Jacobean platerwork and panelling.[6] The manor house is a Grade II* listed building.[5] Michael Heathcoat Amory (born October 1941, died February 2016) created the arboretum there, and published a catalogue entitled The Oaks of Chevithorne Barton.[7]



External links[edit]

Media related to Chevithorne at Wikimedia Commons