River Creedy

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An alder tree on the banks of the River Creedy near Shobrooke Park
'Cowley Place, near Exeter' circa 1812. Pen and ink on paper by Francis Towne

The River Creedy is a small river in Devon, England. It gives its name to the local town or ton of Crediton, which is on its west bank, and to several local historic estates, namely Creedy Hilion, Creedy Peitevin (later called Creedy Wiger)[1] and Creedy Park, in the parish of Sandford, also to the Benefice of North Creedy. Just below the town, the river merges with the River Yeo and it ends where it meets the River Exe at Cowley Bridge. The river is overlooked by Fordy Wood Copse , a 0.64 hectares (1.58 acres) woodland owned and managed by the Woodland Trust.[2]

The name is believed to be of Celtic origin, but views of its precise origin differ. According to one source it derives from a root meaning winding.[3] Another view holds that it means shrinking, as compared with the more powerful Yeo.[4]


  1. ^ Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.221
  2. ^ "Fordy Wood Copse – a Woodland Trust Wood". Woodland Trust. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ Gover, J.E.B., Mawer, A. & Stenton, F.M (1931). "The Place-Names of Devon". English Place-Name Society. Vol Viii. Part I. Cambridge University Press: 4.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Breeze, A. (2007): Review of The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names

Coordinates: 50°44′N 3°33′W / 50.733°N 3.550°W / 50.733; -3.550