Village Guide: South Brent, Devon

November 28th, 2014

South Brent in Devon is a village close to the A38 (Devon Expressway) with pretty pastel-coloured houses, a good range of local shops and a couple of pubs, too.

With a population of about 3,000, this attractive location was originally a woollen and market centre that played host to two annual fairs. recently paid a visit to South Brent – here are some photographs.

St Petroc Church with an impressive Norman tower. Amongst the monuments at the church is one for Sir William Cuming who was a captain under Lord Nelson and indeed South Brent has a Nelson Terrace amongst its road names.

As you stand in the grounds of the church you will hear the gentle sound of the River Avon streaming past close by.

A meander around the village reveals a good range of shops including a pharmacy, cafe, fish and chips, gifts and a mini market. Also pictured here is the Old Toll House, which dates back several hundred years and now contains lots of information, leaflets and guides for visitors.

Sign on the listed Toll House refers to the markets and fairs that were held in South Brent.


South Brent’s railway station closed in 1964.

HM The Queen’s Silver, Golden and Diamond jubilees are all marked on this monument in the village.

South Brent is a beautiful village with good local facilities (special mention must go to the exceptionally clean and well maintained public toilets) and very much deserving of a visit. There’s more information available on the South Brent Community Website.

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