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The village centre
Stokeinteignhead is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population707 (2001 Census)
OS grid referenceSX916706
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewton Abbot
Postcode districtTQ12
Dialling code01626
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
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50°31′26″N 3°31′48″W / 50.524°N 3.530°W / 50.524; -3.530Coordinates: 50°31′26″N 3°31′48″W / 50.524°N 3.530°W / 50.524; -3.530

Stokeinteignhead (/ˈstkˌɪnˈtnˌhɛd/) is a village and civil parish in the Teignbridge district of Devon, England, above the southern bank of the estuary of the River Teign. The parish has a short boundary on the estuary, and is otherwise surrounded, clockwise from the north, by the parishes of Shaldon, Torbay, Coffinswell and Haccombe with Combe.[1] It is twinned with the French commune of Trévières, Calvados.


Despite its closeness to the river Teign, the name is not derived from it: in the Domesday Book the district contained thirteen manors which totalled an area of ten hides and the whole area was known as the "Ten Hide". This was later corrupted to "Teignhead" through the influence of the river name. The name of the nearby village of Combeinteignhead has a similar derivation.[2]

Most of the village forms a conservation area and there are over fifty listed buildings nearby.[3]

The mascot of Stokeinteignhead, appearing on the village signs, is the cirl bunting.


Stokeinteignhead in elections every four years elects one representative to Devon County Council,[citation needed] and one representative to Teignbridge District Council.[4]

The parish council has eight elected councillors with elections every four years.[5]


Stokeinteignhead village is the largest settlement of the parish and includes a primary school, pre-school, a community shop and one pub The Church House Inn.

Stokeinteignhead Village Hall was demolished in 2005 with a plan to re-build it at the same location; it is now in a former part of the school field and construction began in 2006 and was completed some months later.

The village church, dating from the 14th century and enlarged in the 15th, is dedicated to Saint Andrew. Its high altar was dedicated by Bishop Grandisson in 1336.[6] Its rood screen is one of the oldest in Devon and believed to be 14th century and earliest brass to a priest engraved 1375 in the county.[7] The church, which is Grade II* listed, underwent major restoration in 1894 having instructed architects Tait and Harvey.[8]

Lower and Higher Gabwell


Lower Gabwell is the second largest hamlet, less than 200 metres (660 ft) from the village centre. About 400 metres (1,300 ft) further south is Higher Gabwell, the largest hamlet.

Buildings at Higher Rocombe

The hamlets of Lower, Middle and Higher Rocombe are less than 1 mile (1.6 km) to the west. Across these there are four listed buildings, three focussed around Higher Rocombe Farm and the largest, that of Orchard Farm and adjoining Lower Rocombe Cottage dating back several centuries.[9]

Cottages at Teignharvey and Teign estuary

The hamlet of Teignharvey to the north-west contains a cluster of cottages. Its oldest is Little Harvey, from which the village takes its name, and this (the only important or ancient building) dates to the Tudor period in the early 16th century.[10]


  1. ^ "Map of Devon Parishes" (PDF). Devon County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  2. ^ Gover, J.E.B., Mawer, A. & Stenton, F.M. (1931). The Place-Names of Devon. English Place-Names Society. Vol viii. Part II. Cambridge University Press. P.459.
  3. ^ "Search results for Stokeinteignhead". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  4. ^ Shaldon & Stokeinteignhead Ward Archived 9 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine Teignbridge DC. Retrieved 6 July 2016
  5. ^ "Parish Councillors". 13 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 161. ISBN 1-84114-314-6.
  7. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1952). The History of the Buildings of England: Series No. 5 Devon South. London. ISBN 978-0-300-09596-8.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1097645)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1170568)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1333976)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 May 2012.

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