Noss Mayo is a village in the civil parish of Newton and Noss in the South Hams district of south-west Devon, England, about 6 miles south-east of Plymouth. It lies about a mile inland, on the southern bank of Newton Creek, an arm of the estuary of the River Yealm. On the opposite, northern bank of the creek is Newton Ferrers, a slightly larger settlement. The two villages are said[by whom?] to be among the most attractive and un-spoilt villages in Devon. The population was 510 in 1991.
The first documentary reference of Noss Mayo was in 1286 as Nesse Matheu. The manor here was held by Matheu son of John from 1284 to 1309. Noss Mayo was given by Edward II of England in 1287 to Mathew Fitzjohn of the manor of ‘Stok’.
The village's church, dedicated to St. Peter, was built in 1882 by Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke (head of the family firm of Barings Bank) to a design by James Piers St Aubyn. It took over from the Church of St Peter the Poor Fisherman, Revelstoke which was built in 1226, on the coast just over a mile to the south.
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- Cherry, Bridget & Pevsner, Nikolaus (1989). The Buildings of England — Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 606. ISBN 0-14-071050-7.
- "A Brief History of Newton & Noss". Newton Ferrers & Noss Mayo. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
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