Sheepwash, Devon

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Sheepwash is located in Devon
Location within Devon
OS grid referenceSS248106
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEX21
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50°50′12″N 4°09′03″W / 50.8368°N 4.1509°W / 50.8368; -4.1509Coordinates: 50°50′12″N 4°09′03″W / 50.8368°N 4.1509°W / 50.8368; -4.1509

Sheepwash is a village and civil parish on the southern border of the local government district of Torridge, Devon, England. The parish, which lies about nine miles ENE of the town of Holsworthy, about eight miles south of Great Torrington and about ten miles north-west of Okehampton, is surrounded clockwise from the north by the parishes of Buckland Filleigh, Highampton and Black Torrington.[1] Its southern boundary follows the River Torridge and most of its other boundaries are along watercourses too. In 2001 its population was 254, lower than the 326 residents it had in 1901.[2]

The name Sheepwash is first documented in 1166 (as Schepewast) and means, as it sounds, a place where sheep were washed before shearing.[2][3]

Sheepwash parish church

The parish church, which is in the village, is dedicated to St Lawrence. It was completely rebuilt in 1880 and was described by W. G. Hoskins in 1954 as "dull".[4] Other buildings worthy of notice in the parish are Newcourt Barton, about a mile north-east of the village, which dates from the late 16th century with 18th-century and later alterations;[4] and Totleigh Barton which mostly dates to the 16th and 17th centuries, but has surviving medieval features. It once had a private chapel.[5]

The Half Moon Inn in the village is a traditional fishing inn with rights to the fishing on several miles of the River Torridge.[6]


  1. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 148. ISBN 1-84114-314-6.
  3. ^ Watts, Victor (2010). The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names (1st paperback ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 541. ISBN 978-0-521-16855-7.
  4. ^ a b Hoskins, W. G. (1972). A New Survey of England: Devon (New ed.). London: Collins. p. 475. ISBN 0-7153-5577-5.
  5. ^ Cherry, Bridget & Pevsner, Nikolaus (1989). Devon (The Buildings of England). Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 726. ISBN 0-14-071050-7.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Wilson, Mary (10 July 1999). "Property: A Pint of Lager and Three Bedrooms, Please..." The Independent. Archived from the original on 29 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. – via HighBeam (subscription required)

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