Stoke Gabriel

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Stoke Gabriel
Stoke Gabriel is located in Devon
Stoke Gabriel
Stoke Gabriel
Location within Devon
OS grid referenceSX850572
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTOTNES
Postcode districtTQ9
Dialling code01803 782 ---
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°24′12″N 3°38′42″W / 50.40339°N 3.64500°W / 50.40339; -3.64500Coordinates: 50°24′12″N 3°38′42″W / 50.40339°N 3.64500°W / 50.40339; -3.64500
Stoke Gabriel - the bay beyond the mill pond

Stoke Gabriel is a village and parish in Devon, England, situated on a creek of the River Dart. The village is a popular tourist destination in the South Hams and is famous for its mill pond and crab fishing (known colloquially as crabbing). It is equidistant from Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes, and has a population of approximately 1,200, reducing slightly to 1,107 at the 2011 census.[1] The village is the major part of the electoral ward of East Dart. The ward population at the abovementioned census was 1,877.[2]

Fisherman probably first came to Stoke Gabriel to fish salmon and gain access to the River Dart. The village has an approximately 1,000-year-old yew tree in the churchyard of The Church of St Mary and St Gabriel, a church which has stood since Norman times. Legend has it that if you walk backwards seven times round the yew's main stem you will be granted a wish.[3]

Stoke Gabriel was the birthplace of the Great Western Railway's Chief Mechanical Engineer George Jackson Churchward, who lends his name to the local football club Stoke Gabriel A.F.C.'s ground.

The village has two public houses; The Church House Inn and The Castle Inn. Until relatively recently[when?] there were three pubs. The other being The Victoria and Albert Inn. The Church House Inn was built to accommodate the masons who constructed the church and also served as the courthouse. The old stocks can be seen outside the inn today.

Stoke Gabriel is the template for the fictional village of Thornford Regis in C. C. Benison's crime novels Twelve Drummers Drumming and Eleven Pipers Piping.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  2. ^ "East Dart ward 2011". Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  3. ^ "The Parish Church of St Mary and St Gabriel". Retrieved 31 December 2016.

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