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Old stone bridge with pedestrian refuges over River Culm at Culmstock

Culmstock is a village and civil parish in Mid Devon, England, about 12 miles from Tiverton and 7 or so miles NE of Cullompton. It is laid out on both sides of the River Culm; the village is joined by a single old narrow stone bridge across the river. The population of the parish at the 2011 Census was 554.[1] The northern boundary of the parish forms part of the Devon – Somerset border and clockwise from there it is surrounded by the Devon parishes of Hemyock, Uffculme, Burlescombe and Holcombe Rogus.[2]

Historically it fell within the boundaries of the Hemyock Hundred. It was at one time prosperous as a centre of weaving and the wool trade, but this prosperity, and the population of the village, declined considerably with the onset of the Industrial Revolution.[3]

1588 signal station above village at Culmstock Beacon, built to warn of the Spanish Armada.

R.D. Blackmore lived in Culmstock for six years while his father, John Blackmore, was Curate-in-charge of the parish and he based his novel Perlycross on the Culm Valley.[4]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Culmstock". Devon County Council. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Blackmore, David. "The Five Lives of R. D. Blackmore". The Victorian Web. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 

Coordinates: 50°55′N 3°15′W / 50.917°N 3.250°W / 50.917; -3.250