About Marwood

Parish Marwood

Marwood is a relatively large rural parish of 8-10 sq miles, 3-4 miles to the north of Barnstaple. It consists of some 10 hamlets, but no single village centre. These hamlets are based on a series of ‘Bartons’, typical of the agricultural structure in Devon. Those living in the parish are mostly retired or work in Barnstaple, with little employment locally other than agriculture, but the proximity of Marwood to the North Devon District Hospital makes it an attractive location for medical and ancillary staff.

St Michael and all Angels Church

St Michael & All Angels Church is located in Marwood. It is a listed building dating from the 12th century but predominantly 13th /14th century. There is also a small building (probably a remnant of the parish workhouse) adjoining the church and adjacent to the entrance gate known as the Lych Gate Room. The Church Hall is a few hundred yards along the lane.

There are two chapels in the parish; the URC is in the hamlet of Muddiford and the Methodist in the hamlet of Prixford. We all share a monthly service. There is one housegroup that meets regularly. Church-run social events are well supported by members of the community who are not necessarily regular church goers. This year there has been a St George’s Supper, a ‘Sheep’ Festival day with BBQ and activities for all the family and a Christian Aid supper and Quiz night. The annual summer holiday club which runs for a week in the summer holidays is always well supported

There is no longer a post office or shop, but there is one public house serving good food and providing a place for the local community to meet other than the churches. There is a community primary school with over 100 children and a fairly new community hall on the school site. The Mission Community ministerial team together with the Methodist/URC minister leads a full school assembly once a week on a rota. The population suffers from a degree of rural deprivation. There is a lack of public transport, and a shortage of affordable housing.