Parish church of St James the Apostle
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Christow is a village and civil parish in the Teignbridge district of Devon, England, about 12 miles (19 km) southwest of Exeter. The village is in the Teign Valley, just off the B3193 road that links Chudleigh and Dunsford. Christow is on the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park.
The parish includes the former tything of Canonteign, where there are two notable historic houses. Canonteign Barton is a late Tudor stone house and a Grade I listed building. Canonteign House is a neo-classical building completed in 1828 for Captain Pownoll Pellew (1786–1833), who in the last year of his life succeeded his father as Viscount Exmouth.
The west tower is a Gothic Survival addition of 1630 and has a ring of eight bells. John III and Christopher IV Pennington of Stoke Climsland, Cornwall cast a ring of six bells for the tower in 1785. John Taylor & Co of Loughborough, Leicestershire added a new treble and second bell in 1973, increasing the ring to eight.
Inside the church are monuments including two to Admiral Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth and his son the 2nd Viscount, both of whom died in 1833. The church was restored in 1862 to designs by the architect Edward Ashworth. It is a Grade I listed building.
The Teign Valley Railway was built from Heathfield to Christow in 1882. But Christow railway station was not opened until 1903, when the line was extended to Exeter. The line was closed to passenger trains in 1958 and freight in 1961.
Notable former residents
As well as the Viscounts Exmouth, Christow was the home of Lady Emma Mary Halsted, daughter of the 1st Viscount. She was the wife of Admiral Sir Lawrence Halsted, died in 1835 and is buried at Christow. Arthur Marshall (1910–87) lived in Christow in later life, and fictionalised the village as "Appleton". The adventurers The Turner Twins (born 1988) grew up in Christow.
Christow has a pub, the Artichoke Inn, that was built in or before the 17th century. The village has also a community primary school. The village has also a Community Hall with tennis courts and a skate park. There is also a GPs' practice and Gidley's Meadow, a small industrial estate.
- Historic England. "Canonteign Barton (Grade I) (1097834)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
- Historic England. "Canonteign House (Grade II) (1333896)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
- Pevsner & Cherry 1989, p. 243.
- Historic England. "Church of Saint James the Apostle (Grade I) (1163790)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
- Pevsner & Cherry 1989, p. 261.
- Scott, John (11 July 2010). "Christow S James". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
- The Artichoke Inn of Christow
- Historic England. "The Artichoke and cottage adjoining at east (Grade II) (1097806)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
- Christow Community Primary School
- Cheriton Bishop and Teign Valley Practice
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (1989) . Devon. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 243, 261. ISBN 0-14-071050-7.
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