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St Mary, Churchstow, Devon - - 1740542.jpg
St Mary's Church, Churchstow
Churchstow is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Area10.5 km2 (4.1 sq mi)
Population465 2011 UK Census
• Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSX712458
• London182 miles (293 km) ENE
Civil parish
  • Churchstow
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKingsbridge
Postcode districtTQ7
Dialling code01548
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°17′56″N 3°48′32″W / 50.299°N 3.809°W / 50.299; -3.809Coordinates: 50°17′56″N 3°48′32″W / 50.299°N 3.809°W / 50.299; -3.809

Churchstow is a small village situated on the A379 road in the South Hams district in south Devon, England. It is situated 1.9 miles (3 km) north-west of Kingsbridge and 16 miles (26 km) south-east of Plymouth. The parish had a population of 465 in 2011, according to the 2011 UK Census.

Etymology and history[edit]

A379 through Churchstow

The local church, St Mary's is 14th century and is a fine example of churches built during this time in the South Hams district. The building is made using local dark slate. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1] As the church is situated atop a high ridge, the village was thereafter named "Church-stow". In 1220, Churchstow was the parent town of Kingsbridge.

The village has one public house, the Church House Inn. Built in the 17th century, the building is made from green slate. It is a distributor of beverages from the St Austell Brewery and is a recognised Cask Marque public house.[2]

Nearby villages include Thurlestone, Aveton Gifford and Loddiswell.


  1. ^ Good Stuff IT Services. "Church of St Mary - Churchstow - Devon - England". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Home". Retrieved 8 September 2013.

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