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Spreyton is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population380 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSX6996
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCrediton
Postcode districtEX17
Dialling code01647
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°45′19″N 3°50′35″W / 50.75537°N 3.84312°W / 50.75537; -3.84312Coordinates: 50°45′19″N 3°50′35″W / 50.75537°N 3.84312°W / 50.75537; -3.84312

Spreyton is a small rural village just north of Dartmoor in Devon, England. Spreyton is famous for its connection to the tale of “Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all” who came from, and is thought to be buried in Spreyton. Some[who?] believe that if Uncle Tom Cobley did exist and did travel to Widecombe fair, he would have travelled from Spreyton.

Spreyton was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) as ""Spreitone" in the ancient hundred of Wonford [1] and in 1236 as "Sprotton". The first element of the name is the Anglo-Saxon word from which "spray" is derived, "spray" meaning "twig" or "brushwood".[2]

There is a small primary school, Spreyton County Primary School, serving the village and the surrounding area. The Tom Cobley Tavern is the village pub, placed on the main street in the village. There is also a parish church, which holds the grave of 'Tom Cobley' within its churchyard.

The parish church of St Michael is built of granite ashlar and stands on a hill. The wagon roofs of the nave, aisle and chancel are medieval; the roof of the chancel has an inscription dated 1451. The Norman font is octagonal.[3]


  1. ^ Open Domesday Online: Spreyton, accessed March 2019.
  2. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1940) The Concise Dictionary of English Place-names; 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press; p. 414
  3. ^ Pevsner, N. (1952) South Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin; p. 269

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