Noss Mayo

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Noss Mayo as seen across Newton Creek from Newton Ferrers
Gnaton Hall

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 (10 km) south-east of Plymouth. It lies about one mile (1.6 km) 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 were included in the top 20 prettiest towns and villages in Devon in a list compiled by readers of the "Visit Devon" website.[1] 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.[2]

The village's church, dedicated to St. Peter, was built in 1880–1882 at the expense of Edward Baring, 1st Baron Revelstoke (head of the family firm of Barings Bank) to a design by James Piers St Aubyn.[3] It took over from the Church of St Peter the Poor Fisherman, Revelstoke which was built in 1226,[4] on the coast just over one mile (1.6 km) to the south.


  1. ^ "Devon's prettiest towns and villages: your top 20". Visit Devon. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  2. ^ Watts, Victor (2010). The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names (1st paperback ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 445. ISBN 978-0-521-16855-7.
  3. ^ Cherry, Bridget & Pevsner, Nikolaus (1989). The Buildings of England — Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 606. ISBN 0-14-071050-7.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "A Brief History of Newton & Noss". Newton Ferrers & Noss Mayo. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2010.

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Coordinates: 50°19′N 4°3′W / 50.317°N 4.050°W / 50.317; -4.050