Ermington, Devon

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Ermington
Ermington from West Strode Cross.jpg
Ermington as seen from West Strode Cross
Ermington is located in Devon
Ermington
Ermington
 Ermington shown within Devon
Population 850 (2001)[1]
OS grid reference SX637531
   – London 183 mi (295 km)  
Civil parish Ermington
District South Hams
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town IVYBRIDGE
Postcode district PL21
Dialling code 01548
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Devon
Website Community page website
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Coordinates: 50°21′40″N 3°55′02″W / 50.361020°N 3.917140°W / 50.361020; -3.917140

Ermington is a village and civil parish located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the town of Ivybridge in the county of Devon, England. The village is in the South Hams district and is twinned with the commune of Clécy, in Normandy, France. The village is in the Erme Valley electoral ward. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 5,004.[2] It is known well for its crooked church spire, which a pub has been named after. It was home to Edmund Lockyer, who went to Australia and named a town, Ermington, in New South Wales.

History[edit]

Ermington was probably founded soon after 700 at which point the Saxons were in control. It appeared in the Domesday Book as a royal manor. Near the boundary of the parish there is a place, called Penquit, which has probably been continuously inhabited since the Celtic times of Dumnonia. Penquit was recorded in 1238 and is Celtic for "end of the wood". From the early 13th century a mansion at nearby Strashleigh was the seat of the Strashleigh family, until the family died out in 1583. Nearby Strode was inhabited by the Strode family from 1238 and probably earlier. Although, since the 15th century, their principal residence has been in Plympton. In the 14th century, its church, named after Saint Peter, was constructed and was later enlarged in the 15th century.[3]

Education[edit]

Ermington's only school is Ermington Community Primary School. It is a state-funded primary school (ages 5–11) following the National Curriculum. The school was first opened in 1879 and has been extended in 1997 and a double classroom was also extended in 1999.[4] The school uniform colours are navy and grey, it has about 150 students, who are transferred to Ivybridge Community College, located about 2 miles (3.2 km) north, for secondary education at the end of year 6.[4] Ermington Primary School is one of only four primary schools in the county of Devon to achieve 100% pass rates (level four and above according to the National Curriculum) in English, Maths and Science at the end of year 6 National Curriculum assessment "SATs".[5] The village also has a small pre-school located within the primary school's grounds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish Headcount". The Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Erme Valley ward 2011". Retrieved 19 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Hoskins, W. G. (2003). Devon. Phillimore. ISBN 1-86077-270-6. 
  4. ^ a b "Ermington Primary School prospectus" (PDF). Ermington Primary School. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "Primary schools in Devon". The BBC. 4 December 2003. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 

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