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Cornwood with village cross.jpg
Houses in Fore Street with the village cross
Cornwood is located in Devon
Cornwood shown within Devon
Population 988 (2001)[1]
OS grid reference SX605598
• London 183 miles (295 km)
Civil parish
  • Cornwood
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PL21
Dialling code 01752
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
DevonCoordinates: 50°25′17″N 3°57′48″W / 50.421327°N 3.963271°W / 50.421327; -3.963271

Cornwood is a village and civil parish in the South Hams in Devon, England. It 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]


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. ^ "Name: BLACHFORD INCLUDING SERVICE WING AND STABLES TO EAST List entry Number: 1309689". English Heritage. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Thomas Vivian (1785). The Book of the Revelation of Saint John the Divine explained. Plymouth: M. Haydon & Son.