Membury, Devon

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Membury Church
Membury is located in Devon
Membury shown within Devon
Population 501 
OS grid reference ST279030
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district EX13
Dialling code 01404
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
DevonCoordinates: 50°49′19″N 3°01′23″W / 50.821942°N 3.022997°W / 50.821942; -3.022997

Membury is a village three miles north west of Axminster in East Devon district. The population at the 2011 Census was 501.[1]

The village has a 13th-century church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, with a tall slim tower.[2] In the aisle there is a monument to Sir Shilston Calmady, who was killed in a skirmish near the village in February 1646, and was buried in the chancel. The founding editor of the medical journal, The Lancet, Thomas Wakley, was born at Membury in 1795.

The village is within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and lies just to the north east of Beckford Bridge over the River Yarty, which is the oldest packhorse bridge in East Devon. Near to the village there is former Quaker Meeting House that is now a hotel.[2]

Historic estates[edit]

  • Yarty, long the seat of the Fry family.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Peter Long (2005). The Hidden Places of Devon. Travel Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-904434-30-4. 

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