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Shebbear (/ˈʃɛbɪər/; SHEB-eer) is a village and civil parish in the Torridge district in Devon, England. It was once itself centre of the Shebbear hundred. In 2001 the parish had a population of 858.[1] An electoral ward exists titled Shebbear and Langtree. The 2011 census population was 1,016.[2]

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Elaborately carved grave slab in Shebbear churchyard showing a skull sprouting flowering shoots as a symbol of resurrection
Shebbear is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population858 (2001 census)
Civil parish
  • Shebbear
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBeaworthy
Postcode districtEX21
UK Parliament
List of places
Coordinates: 50°51′N 4°13′W / 50.850°N 4.217°W / 50.850; -4.217

John Wesley laid hands on a young Cornishman called William O’Bryan who later founded the Bible Christian Church in Shebbear: the first Bryanite chapel was built in the village in 1817.


The church of St Michael and All Angels dates back to the 11th century. The south doorway is from about 1180.

Shebbear CollegeEdit

Shebbear College is a coeducational day and boarding public school for children from 3 to 18 years of age. Notable Old Boys include: Sir Pridham Baulkwill, Sir Ivan Stedeford and E. W. Martin.

Turning the Devil's StoneEdit

At 8 pm on 5 November each year, while the rest of the country is burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes, Shebbear has its own unique celebration. The one tonne lump of rock known as the Devil's Stone (or Devil's Boulder), which lies in the village square, is turned over by the village bellringers. The stone is a glacial erratic - not from a local rock formation. According to local tradition the stone needs to be turned over every year or a disaster will fall on the village - the last year it was not turned on 5 November was during the Second World War when such frivolity was frowned on, but after a few days of bad news someone flipped it over anyway. Supposedly the Devil dropped the stone while fighting with God, he lost the battle. Consequently, the stone fell on top of him, flattening him under it. The folklore reasoning for the turning is that it takes a year for the Devil to dig down and up the other side of the rock, at which point it is flipped again, re-trapping him.

Turning the Devil's Stone, 2005

Shebbear Community SchoolEdit

Shebbear Community School is a state school for children from 4 to 11 years of age. It is located in the middle of Shebbear, next to the local park.[3]

Twin townsEdit

Balleroy, France.[4]


  1. ^ Census 2001
  2. ^ "Shebbear Parish Local Area Report". Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  3. ^ Shebbear Community School Archived 2006-02-01 at
  4. ^ "British Towns Twinned with French Towns". Complete France. Retrieved 9 July 2016.

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