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St John's Church, Plymtree

Plymtree is a small village and civil parish about 3.5 miles south of the town of Cullompton in the county of Devon, England. The parish is surrounded, clockwise from the north, by the parishes of Broadhembury, Payhembury, Clyst Hydon and Cullompton.[1] In 2001 it had a population of 605, compared to 359 in 1901.[2]

The village has a public house called The Blacksmith Arms and a Church of England primary school. There is a small village shop and post office, a village hall, playground and recreation field. The yearly country fayre is held on the August Bank Holiday. It has a cricket club and tennis court.

Parish church[edit]

St John the Baptist's church is medieval; the tower and the south aisle are Perpendicular but the nave and chancel are older. The rood screen is a splendid example and exceptionally well preserved. It incorporates emblems which indicate that it was given by Isabel widow of Humphrey Stafford, Earl of Devon, who was beheaded in 1469. The wainscoting is painted with figures but they are not of high aesthetic value. There is a small alabaster relief of the Resurrection of Christ which is Flemish work of about 1600.[3] In the churchyard of St John the Baptist's church is a historic yew tree.[4]

Notable people[edit]

In 1832 Joseph Dornford was presented by his Oxford college to the rectory of Plymtree, and in 1847 he was collated by Henry Phillpotts a prebendary of Exeter Cathedral. He died at Plymtree on 18 January 1868, aged 74.


  1. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 139. ISBN 1-84114-314-6. 
  3. ^ Pevsner, N. (1952) South Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin; pp. 246-47
  4. ^ "Churches of Devon: Plymtree". Retrieved 2017-01-18. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Plymtree at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°49′N 3°21′W / 50.817°N 3.350°W / 50.817; -3.350