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Looking southwards beyond the A38 road
Eggbuckland is located in Devon
Eggbuckland shown within Devon
Population 13,351 (2011)[1]
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PLYMOUTH
Postcode district PL6 5xx
Dialling code 01752
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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50°24′02″N 4°06′49″W / 50.400556°N 4.113611°W / 50.400556; -4.113611Coordinates: 50°24′02″N 4°06′49″W / 50.400556°N 4.113611°W / 50.400556; -4.113611

Eggbuckland is a suburb of the city of Plymouth in the county of Devon, England. Prior to the Second World War Eggbuckland was a small village a few miles north of Plymouth. During the reconstruction of Plymouth many new suburbs were built and soon a new estate was built within one mile to the south east of Eggbuckland. During the 1970s the areas in between and surrounding the old village were all developed and the whole area is now referred to by the name Eggbuckland. The development of the A38 just south of Eggbuckland in the 1980s led to the area becoming very popular with commuters.

Bocheland is of Saxon origin and means "Royal land held by charter". The Domesday Book of 1086 recorded that this manor was held by the King, William of Normandy, but was granted to the Saxon Heche or Ecca, thus the land was known as Heche or Ecca's Bocheland. This was the site of a Saxon church which was replaced by the present church of St Edward in 1470. The village was held by the Royalist Cavaliers during the Civil War against the Parliamentarian Roundheads and was badly damaged.

During the 19th century the area was host to new Palmerston Forts built as part of a northern defense line around Plymouth. Much of the structures remain but are privately owned and used for differing purposes.

Over time the name has been corrupted and by 1685 was Egg Buckland. By 1902, it was one word - Eggbuckland although the older usage is still seen and heard around the city.

In the 1870s, the original village was described thus in John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales:

EGG-BUCKLAND, or Buckland-Egg, a parish in Plympton-St. Mary district, Devon; on the Dartmoor railway, adjacent to the Tavistock railway, and near the river Plym, 3 miles NNE of Plymonth. It contains Crabtree hamlet, and part of Knackers-Knowle village; and its post town is Knackers-Knowle, Devon. Acres, with Laira-Green, 3, 304; of which 100 are water. Real property, £8, 933; of which £68 are in quarries, and £36 in railways. Pop., 1, 348. Houses, 272. The property is much subdivided. Widey Court here was the headquarters of Prince Maurice during his siege of Plymouth, and was visited by the king. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £474.* Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is ancient: consists of nave, south aisle, and chancel, with a tower; and is in fair condition. Charities, £28.[2]

The suburb is home to Eggbuckland Community College and several primary schools. Olympic diver Tom Daley attended the college until moving to another local school, Plymouth College, Mutley area of Plymouth in 2009, allegedly because he was bullied at Eggbuckland,[3] although his studies at Eggbuckland enabled him to obtain 1A and 8A* grades in his GCSEs.[4]


  1. ^ "Plymouth ward population 2011". Archived from the original on 2015-04-12. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Egg Buckland Devon, A Vision of Britain through time. Retrieved Nov. 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "UK | England | Devon | Dive star moves to public school". BBC News. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport - Diving - GB diver Tom Daley gets top marks in GCSE exams". BBC News. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Aerial video of St Edward's Church, Egg Buckland [1]