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Location within Devon
OS grid reference SX 8206 6683
Civil parish
  • Denbury and Torbryan
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newton Abbot
Postcode district TQ12
Dialling code 01803
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50°29′20″N3°39′47″W / 50.489°N 3.663°W / 50.489; -3.663 Coordinates: 50°29′20″N3°39′47″W / 50.489°N 3.663°W / 50.489; -3.663

Torbryan is a village near Ipplepen in Devon, England. In the Domesday Book it was listed as Torre Braine in 1238. The de Brian family were Lords of the manor for 250 years. [1]



The parish church is situated at the head of the village. It is thought that the original church of Sir Guy de Brian burnt down in about 1360. The present church was constructed in 1400. The church currently houses a colony of lesser horseshoe bats. [1]

The church houses a medieval rood screen constructed in about 1430, the lower panels having a unique series of coloured paintings depicting 36 saints. The screen is a rare survivor of the reformation and survived because the panels were whitewashed. These screens made national headlines when they were stolen in 2013 [2] but later recovered by the police, restored and reinstalled. [3] [4]


The Torbryan caves located in the valley are world-famous and were largely excavated by Edward Widger who lived in the village. The bones of many extinct animals were found in the excavations including those of the mammoth, cave hyena and cave bear. These remains are displayed at the Natural History Museum, London. [1]

Notable inhabitants

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