Ermington, Devon

Ermington is a village and civil parish located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the town of Ivybridge in the county of Devon, England. The village is in the South Hams district and falls under the electoral ward of Ermington & Ugborough. It is twinned with the commune of Clécy, in Normandy, France and had a parish population of 824 at the 2011 census. It is known well for its crooked church spire, which a pub has been named after. It was home to Edmund Lockyer, who went to Australia and named a town, Ermington, in New South Wales.


Ermington as seen from West Strode Cross
Location within Devon
Population824 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSX637531
 London183 mi (295 km)
Civil parish
  • Ermington
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL21
Dialling code01548
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
WebsiteCommunity page website


Ermington was probably founded soon after 700 at which point the Saxons were in control. It appeared in the Domesday Book as a royal manor. Near the boundary of the parish there is a place, called Penquit, which has probably been continuously inhabited since the Celtic times of Dumnonia. Penquit was recorded in 1238 and is Celtic for "end of the wood". From the early 13th century a mansion at nearby Strashleigh was the seat of the Strashleigh family, until the family died out in 1583. Nearby Strode was inhabited by the Strode family from 1238 and probably earlier. Although, since the 15th century, their principal residence has been in Plympton. In the 14th century, its church, named after Saint Peter, was constructed and was later enlarged in the 15th century.[3]


Ermington's only school is Ermington Community Primary School. It is a state-funded primary school (ages 5–11) following the National Curriculum. The school was first opened in 1879 and has been extended in 1997 and a double classroom was also extended in 1999.[4] The school uniform colours are navy and grey, it has about 150 students, who are transferred to Ivybridge Community College, located about 2 miles (3.2 km) north, for secondary education at the end of year 6.[4] Ermington Primary School is one of only four primary schools in the county of Devon to achieve 100% pass rates (level four and above according to the National Curriculum) in English, Maths and Science at the end of year 6 National Curriculum assessment "SATs".[5] The village also has a small pre-school located within the primary school's grounds.


  1. "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". The Office for National Statistics. March 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  2. Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, pp.317,496; Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p.185
  3. Hoskins, W. G. (2003). Devon. Phillimore. ISBN 1-86077-270-6. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  4. "Ermington Primary School prospectus" (PDF). Ermington Primary School. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  5. "Primary schools in Devon". The BBC. 4 December 2003. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
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