Shaugh Prior

Shaugh Prior is a village and civil parish on the south-western side of Dartmoor in the county of Devon, England. It is situated about 8 miles north-east of the historic centre of the city of Plymouth. In 2001 its population was 751.[1] The parish stretches from the edge of Plymouth to the high moorland of Dartmoor. The River Plym forms its western and northern boundaries up to the river's source at Plym Head. The higher parts of the parish are rich in Bronze Age monuments such as cists and cairns, and there is much evidence of tin mining. The area of Lee Moor that has been much mined for china clay is within the parish, but outside the Dartmoor National Park.[1]

Shaugh Prior

Shaugh Bridge, near the village
Shaugh Prior
Location within Devon
Population751 (Census 2001)
OS grid referenceSX5463
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL7
Dialling code01752
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England

The name derives from Old English sceaga, a copse, and the fact that the manor belonged to Plympton Priory.[2]

The grade I listed church dedicated to St. Edward has its origins in the 11th century, but the present building with its prominent granite tower, dates from the 15th.[1]

Notable people

Joseph Palmer (1716–88), an American general during the American Revolutionary War, was born here; as was John Phillips (1835–97), the founder of the Aller Vale Pottery in Kingskerswell.


  1. Harris, Helen (2004). A Handbook of Devon Parishes. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 147. ISBN 1-84114-314-6.
  2. Gover, J.E.B., Mawer, A. & Stenton, F.M (1931). "The Place-Names of Devon". English Place-Name Society. Cambridge University Press. viii. Part I.: 258.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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