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Welcome to Abbotskerswell, a picturesque and ancient Devon parish full of history and character. Its position on a map can be deceptive. It is in a quiet valley, well away from the hustle and bustle of the larger towns and their roads, but is also very convenient for the seaside and all the major facilities and stores that one would expect of much more highly populated places.

Our history constantly surprises us, with accounts being unearthed by our history group AbbPast. According to the Domesday book, apparently two households were slave households in Domesday times! According to the 2011 census there are around 676 homes with about 1560 individuals in an area of 503 hectares (see ONS data here), and the history group are concentrating on the people of the parish over the years.

The Parish comprises Abbotskerswell village and the hamlets of Stoneyhill, The Priory, Two Mile Oak and Whiddon. It also includes dwellings and businesses in the countryside but within the Parish Boundary.

The Parish and surrounds have many amenities including a primary school, our much loved pub, the Court Farm Inn, a village shop with post office (Central @ Model Stores), cricket club, a hair salon, veterinary centre, a House Vetcafé, parish church and sports facilities including a recreation ground with football field and multi sports all-weather pitch, allotments, children's play ground and skateboard park.

may pole dancingThere are three public meeting places; the Village Hall, Church House and the Parish Rooms. There are also many interesting historical features including a dozen thatched cottages, an original well, and a Quaker burial ground.

There are two homes for gentle folk - a residential care home at Mallands and a retirement village at the ancient Priory overlooking the village.

To book the Tennis Courts / multisports site, please contact  Central @ Model Stores, tel Abbots 333387;  to book the Village Hall or Parish Rooms, please contact Lynn Howard on Abbots 351564.

If you want to know more about the Parish, there is further information in our section on the Neighbourhood Plan. Useful times and telephone numbers are in our 'Who do you need' section and our contacts page contains details of Councillors and other PC contacts. For ideas on places to visit in the area, you can visit our interactive local links page.

Each year a number of Parishioners work tirelessly to raise funds for local community and charity concerns through running our local Beer and Food Festival Abbfest. This is a seriously enjoyable event for all the family attracting more than 6000 people each year. Over £200,000 has been raised so far.




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