Stoke Fleming

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St Peter's Church, Stoke Fleming

Stoke Fleming is a village and civil parish in the South Hams district of Devon, England. It lies on the A379 road about one and a half miles south of the town of Dartmouth, at the north end of Start Bay and within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[1]


The village is of ancient foundation, being recorded in the Domesday Book as Stoc, and the personal name le Flemeng is first recorded in connection with the village in 1218.[2]

The parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter, it was recorded as having a rector in 1272, was enlarged during the 14th century and was subject to a major restoration in 1871–2.[3]

Earmund of Stoke Fleming a saint of Anglo-Saxon England, reputed to be buried here, was the local patron saint[4] of the village, being recorded as venerated in 1364AD[5] and 1419AD.[6]

George Parker Bidder, once known as "the Calculating Boy", is buried in its graveyard.[7]

In 2001 the population of the civil parish was 1,012, compared to 708 in 1901,[3] reducing again to 803 at the 2011 census[8] The parish is a major part of the Skerries electoral ward. The ward's total population at the same census was 1,927.[9]


  1. ^ "Parish of Stoke Fleming". Stoke Fleming Parish Council. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  2. ^ 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: 331.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 160. ISBN 1-84114-314-6.
  4. ^ Nicholas Orme, English Church Dedications: With a Survey of Cornwall and Devon (University of Exeter Press, 1996) Page 24
  5. ^ Ecclesia Sancti Ermondi 1364 (PRO, C135/183 no3.
  6. ^ Ecclesia Sancti Ermundi 1419 (Chanter IX f202)
  7. ^ "Bidder, George Parker". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2360. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  8. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Skerries ward 2011". Retrieved 20 February 2015.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 50°19′N 3°36′W / 50.317°N 3.600°W / 50.317; -3.600