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Trusham is a small village in the Teign Valley, between Newton Abbot and Exeter, in Devon, England. The name originates from the Celtic Trisma, meaning "brushwood" or "fallen leaves". [1] It became Trisme for about 400 years, and then in the 16th century Tryssame or Trysham.[ citation needed ] A pub, the Cridford Inn, was opened in 1985 by converting part of an old farmhouse and adjoining barn. [lower-alpha 1]

The Church of St Michael is an ancient stone building in the early English and Perpendicular styles with traces of Norman work. [2] The church was thoroughly restored in 1865, when the stained east window and a smaller one were inserted as memorials to the Rev. William Edward Brendon, who died in 1864. There is also a memorial to John Stooke which mentions a charity he set up for the church and the poor of nearby Bovey Tracey. [lower-alpha 2]

Trusham was the ancestral home of the Causley family, whose descendants include the poet Charles Causley and the folk singer Jim Causley. Causley's poem "Trusham" is an account of a return he made to the village in his later years; a reflection on one's family roots, what it is to be distant from those, and the legacies we leave behind us. Jim Causley's setting of this poem—amongst a number of other poems by his distant relation—is a modern song-setting, and is available on the album Cyprus Well. A later poem, "The Prodigal Son", recounts a further visit by Causley to his ancestral village, linking once again the local geography, history and landscape with the First World War and his own family memories. In 2007, Trusham held the first Charles Causley Festival in conjunction with the Charles Causley Society of Launceston. There is a plaque in the village to celebrate Causley's life and the Charles Causley Society hold regular events in Trusham such as Causley readings and poems set to music, hog roasts and barn dancing.

The now disused and privately-owned Trusham railway station was part of the Teign Valley Line. Although the school closed in November 1948, its Victorian building is now the Village Hall.

The Doomsday survey of 1086 recorded a settlement of 23 households (four of villagers, nine of smallholders, ten of slaves). Eight hundred years later, the 1881 Census recorded a very small growth, with 41 households and a population of 177; however, in Kelly’s 1901 Directory of Devonshire, the population had fallen to 165. By 2001, whilst the number of households had increased to 60, the population had fallen further to 144.

Trusham is on the western side of the 250 m (820 ft) high Haldon Hills, roughly 90 m (300 ft) above the river Teign, which forms the Dartmoor National Park boundary and is just over one-half mi (0.80 km) away. The village is accessed via minor roads which are predominately single track with passing places. The A38 passes within 2 mi (3.2 km) at Chudleigh. The centre of the village has the O S grid reference SX 854 821 and for sat nav users the postcode is TQ13 0NW.


  1. It was quoted in "The Which Guide to Country Pubs" dated March 1988 that the main site of the now, Cridford Inn, dates back to 825. The building was presumably remodelled in 1081, as a small cobbled area in which was set a crude mosaic, made of dolerite and quartz, bearing the initials HJ; the year 1081 was discovered during renovations in 1988. This mosaic is preserved and displayed under glass in the inn's restaurant. The Cridford had also previously served as a nunnery and a farm. It is understood[ by whom? ] to be one of the nine small-holdings mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, and by then belonged to the Abbey of Buckfast in the Manor of Trusham. During the early 13th to 15th centuries, the building was a farmhouse. The stained glass mullion window in the bar is from this period and is possibly the earliest surviving example of a Medieval domestic window in England.[ citation needed ] The Cridford Inn is purportedly haunted by two ghosts. One is said[ by whom? ] to be a nun from the very early history of the property and a second is a Cavalier from Trusham's conflict with Ashton, a nearby village, in the Civil war of 1642-46.
  2. The story, first recorded in 1709, goes that in 1646 an officer in the Royalist army was gambling at Bovey when he was cornered by Roundheads. Before he was slain, he threw his bag of winnings to a servant, who (before he was also slain) threw them over a hedge, where they were found by Stooke, then a farmer's son. Stooke's fortune was founded on his lucky find. Bovey's altar fund still receives a small annual sum from the charity.

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  1. According to Eilert Ekwall, Professor of English at Lund University and author of numerous books on English place-names.[ citation needed ]
  2. Report No. 14-02. Project No. 1113 (Report). Oakford Archaeology, on behalf of Trusham PCCC. June 2014.

Coordinates: 50°38′N3°37′W / 50.633°N 3.617°W / 50.633; -3.617