Copplestone

Copplestone

Copplestone is a village and civil parish in the United Kingdom located in rural Devon in South West England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 894.

It can be found right in the middle of Devon half way between Exeter and Barnstaple on the A377, nestled in a valley.

The Tarka Line railway comes through the middle of the village and calls at Copplestone railway station.

Copplestone is surrounded by hills and is not far from Dartmoor to the east, which can be seen or Exmoor to the north which is a little farther away.

In the centre of the village is the Copplestone Cross, a decorated Saxon granite cross probably dating from the 10th century. It stands 3.2 meters high, and is 0.6 meters square. Covered with intricate decoration, the granite for the cross must have been brought some 15 kilometers from Dartmoor, which suggests it had some deep cultural significance.

The surrounding countryside has been farmed since the earliest days of settlement, dating back to the time prior to the Roman control of the area.

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