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Cornwood with village cross.jpg
Houses in Fore Street with the village cross
Cornwood is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population988 (2001)[1]
OS grid referenceSX605598
• London183 miles (295 km)
Civil parish
  • Cornwood
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL21
Dialling code01752
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°25′08″N 3°57′50″W / 50.419°N 3.964°W / 50.419; -3.964Coordinates: 50°25′08″N 3°57′50″W / 50.419°N 3.964°W / 50.419; -3.964

Cornwood is a village and civil parish in the South Hams in Devon, England. The parish has a population of 988.[1] The village is part of the electoral ward called Cornwood and Sparkwell. The ward population at the 2011 census was 2,321.[2]

Blachford House is a large grade II* listed country house standing in parkland on the northwest edge of the village.[3]

The civil parish includes the villages and hamlets of Lutton, Yondertown, North Hele, South Hele, Corntown, Uppaton, Tor, East Rook and West Rook.


Saint Michael's Church

The Church of St Michael's is Cornwood's parish church.

It was from Cornwood vicarage, in 1785, that Reverend Thomas Vivian wrote Revelation explained,[4] a pioneering attempt by the Established Church to write about the Book of Revelation for a general audience. Thomas Vivian believed his subject matter fell naturally into three sections; the first dealt with verifiable historical events, the second dealt with contemporary and continuing events that characterised a church that had departed from "the Simplicity of the Gospel" and, finally, prophecies for the future. The book was dedicated to the Bishop of Exeter, published in Plymouth and distributed from London, Bath and Exeter.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Headcounts". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2008-05-11.
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  3. ^ Historic England. "BLACHFORD INCLUDING SERVICE WING AND STABLES TO EAST (1309689)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  4. ^ Thomas Vivian (1785). The Book of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine explained. Plymouth: M. Haydon & Son.