Culmstock  Devon


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Culmstock like this:

CULMSTOCK, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in the district of Wellington and county of Devon. The village stands on the river Culme, 4½ miles ENE of Tiverton Junction r. station, and 7 NE of Collumpton; has a post office under Wellington, Somerset; was once a market-town; and still has fairs on 21 May and the Wednesday before Michaelmas day. ...

The parish includes also the hamlets of Northend, Nicholshayne, Prestcott, and Upcott. Acres, 3, 494. Real property, £5, 582. Pop., 1, 102. Houses, 249. The property is much sub-divided. The manor belonged, before the Conquest, to the bishops of the diocese; and belongs still to the dean and chapter of Exeter. Culmstock Beacon, on a lofty hill, is a well-preserved ancient structure. A considerable woollen trade was formerly carried on, but has died away. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £250.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. The church is of the 14th century; consists of nave, chancel, and aisles, with western embattled tower; and contains a small piscina and a fine altar-piece. A yew-tree grows from the wall of the tower, at about 4 feet from the embattlements. A Wesleyan chapel is in Culmstock village; and a Baptist one at Prestcott. Charities, £9. -The sub-district contains five parishes. Acres, 20, 812. Pop., 4, 435. Houses, 935.

Culmstock through time

Culmstock is now part of Mid Devon district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mid Devon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Culmstock itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Culmstock in Mid Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 05th July 2020

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