Tedburn St Mary, with a population of approximately 1500 lies in the most attractive countryside, 7½ miles West and North of Exeter, between that city and Okehampton.
There are many reminders of the Tedburn of years ago - stone and cob buildings
of cottages and farmhouses, the Methodist Church
built in 1930, and the old Methodist School Room dating from 1859 and now
a dwelling. The cemetery adjoining the little Chapel of Rest was
formed in 1886, and is under control of the Parish Council, who in recent years approved a separate committee to undertake the
restoration of the Chapel itself, which otherwise might not have survived.
The King's Arms Inn dates back to the early 1600's - it is believed Charles II called here on his way to Cornwall. The Red Lion on
the opposite side of the main road is also a well established place of refreshment.
Tedburn Village Hall is a spacious, well appointed building, excellently maintained, and well booked by local organisations. It can also be booked for
There is a Recreation Field available to all, and is to be found a short way down the Whitestone Road. Recently another sporting area for football,
and in future, bowls, has been created within the village, namely Barley Park.
In 2001 Tedburn won the prestigious title of National Village of the Year, the award was presented by Prince Charles to the 'Village of the
Year Committee' at an awards ceremony in London.
Until the 1950's the village revolved mainly around agriculture, and was renowned for its cider making. However, in spite of decline of these industries, the village has maintained
an irrepressible community spirit, having a great number of organisationswhich are open to varied age groups.
Due to its geographical position with easy access to both Exeter and Okehampton it has attracted many people - and has something to offer everyone who comes.
Text kindly supplied by Lilian Woolnough
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