A 360 virtual tour of Stoke Gabriel situated on a creek of the River Dart steeped in history and surrounded by beautiful countryside, nestled in the green hills of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Famous for its mill pond, crab fishing (aka crabbing) and a 1,000-year-old yew tree in the churchyard.
Stoke Gabriel is a parish in the district of the South Hams with two pubs, a post office, village stores, gift shop, tea room / restaurant and a café. There are several bed & breakfasts in the village itself and many campsites nearby.
- A church was mentioned at Stoke Gabriel in the Domesday Book 1073, the earliest official record of any life in the village.
- The church building was originally constructed in the early 13th century, of which only the Norman tower survives today. In 1268, Bishop Bronescombe of Exeter dedicated the church to St Gabriel, resulting in the name change of the parish from “Stoke” to the more distinctive “Stoke Gabriel”.
- One of the oldest buildings in the village is the Church House Inn which dates back to 1152.
- The church yew tree is reckoned to be about a thousand years old. Yews are generally measured in girth at 1.5m above the ground to give a very rough idea about their age. The yew girth was 5.65m in 2016 which gave an age of anywhere between 1000-2000 years.
- Legend states that if you walk around the old yew tree backwards 7 times you will have a wish granted.
- There is an orchard alongside the churchyard that is reported to be one of the oldest apple orchards in the county.
- It is equidistant from Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes.
- There was a pedestrian ferry service between Duncannon and Ashprington Point on the opposite side of the river but it ceased operations over 50 years ago.
- The birthplace of the Great Western Railway Chief Mechanical Engineer George Jackson Churchward.
- 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
- Castle Inn
- Church House Inn
- Emma’s (Next door to the stores)
- River Shack Cafe
The Quay, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6RD.
- Car, there is a small fee at the River shack car park. If drinking in the Church House Inn, then parking is free in the car park opposite the Castle Inn.
- Bus, catch the 125 from Paignton bus station (every 2 hours).
- Train, There are no trains here.
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