Musbury is a village and civil parish in the East Devon district of Devon, England. It lies approximately 2 miles (3 km) away from Colyton and 2+12 miles (4 km) away from Axminster, the nearest towns. Musbury is served by the A358 road and lies on the route of the East Devon Way, a 40-mile (64 km) footpath following the Axe Valley. The village is within the East Devon Area of Natural Beauty. It has a post office, primary school, public house, fuel station and church. The parish population at the 2011 census was 543.[1]

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Musbury Church
Musbury is located in Devon
Location within Devon
OS grid referenceSY275945
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAxminster
Postcode districtEX13
Dialling code01297
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°44′44″N 3°01′37″W / 50.745459°N 3.026999°W / 50.745459; -3.026999


The village takes its name from the Iron Age hill fort of Musbury Castle on the hill above it, from which there are views of the Axe Valley. The parish church, which is dedicated to St. Michael, is a 15th-century structure that was much rebuilt and restored by the Victorians. It contains the Drake Memorial dating from 1611.[2] A portrait of the village in 1940 appears in the final chapter of Cecil Day-Lewis's memoir The Buried Day.

Historic estatesEdit


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  2. ^ Peter Long (2005). The Hidden Places of Devon. Travel Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-904434-30-4.

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