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Davidstow Church
Davidstow is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
Population493 (United Kingdom Census 2001)
OS grid referenceSX151872
Civil parish
  • Davidstow
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL32
Dialling code01840
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°39′18″N 4°37′05″W / 50.655°N 4.618°W / 50.655; -4.618Coordinates: 50°39′18″N 4°37′05″W / 50.655°N 4.618°W / 50.655; -4.618

Davidstow (Cornish: Logdewi (village) and Cornish: Pluwdhewi (parish)[1]) is a civil parish and village in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is north of Bodmin Moor straddling the A395 road about 3 miles north of Camelford.[2] The hamlets of Hallworthy, Hendraburnick, Tremail and Trewassa are in the parish.[3]

'Davidstow Cheddar' and 'Cathedral City' brands of cheese are produced at Davidstow Creamery which is operated by Dairy Crest using water ultimately from St David's Holy Well, next to the parish church.

A military airfield, RAF Davidstow Moor, was built near the village during the Second World War and was later used as a motor racing circuit.

Parish Church[edit]

'Davidstow' means David's Place and according to legend the church was founded by Saint David in the 6th century, whilst visiting his mother at nearby Altarnun. The church is large but was very much restored in 1875 so that little original work remains inside. Both the nave and the east windows are wider than usual in a Cornish church; a few benchends are interesting, one portrays a bagpiper.[4] The parish is part of the group in the charge of the Rector of Boscastle.

Arthur Langdon (1896) records two Cornish crosses in the parish, one at Lambrenny and one at Trevivian.[5]


The manor of Treglasta was recorded in Domesday Book (1086) when it was held by Robert, Count of Mortain; before 1066 it had been held by Earl Harold. There were 6 hides of land and land for 20 ploughs. The lord had one hide of land with 2 ploughs and 15 serfs. 24 villeins and 20 smallholders had the rest of the land with 12 ploughs. There were 300 acres of pasture, 4 unbroken mares, 4 cattle and 50 sheep. The value of the manor had been 12 silver marks (i.e. £8 sterling) but was in 1086 worth £15-18-4d.[6]



  1. ^ "Cornish Place Names". Cornishplacenames.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 190 Bude & Clovelly ISBN 978-0-319-23145-6
  3. ^ Cornwall; Explore Britain
  4. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 62
  5. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 206-07 & 160-61
  6. ^ Thorn, C. et al., ed. (1979) Cornwall. Chichester: Phillimore; entry 5,1,5

Further reading[edit]

  • Maclean, John (1872–79) The Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor. 3 vols. London: Nichols & Son

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