River Creedy

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An alder tree on the banks of the Creedy near Shobrooke Park

The River Creedy is a small river in Devon. It gives its name to the local town, Crediton, which stands on its west bank, and to several local historic estates, namely Creedy Hilion, Creedy Peitevin (later called Creedy Wiger)[1] and Creedy Park, in the parish of Sandford. It also names the Church of England's Benefice of North Creedy.

Just below Crediton, the river swallows the waters of the River Yeo. It discharges its waters into the River Exe at Cowley Bridge.

The river is overlooked by Fordy Wood Copse a one and a half acre woodland owned and managed by the Woodland Trust.[2]


The name is assumed to be of Celtic origin, but views of its precise origin differ. According to one source it derives from a root meaning winding.[3] Another view holds that it means shrinking, as compared with the more powerful Yeo.[4]



  1. Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.221
  2. "Fordy Wood Copse – a Woodland Trust Wood". Woodland Trust. http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/our-woods/Pages/wood-details.aspx?wood=4814. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  3. Gover, J.E.B., Mawer, A. & Stenton, F.M (1931). The Place-Names of Devon. Cambridge University Press. 4. 
  4. Breeze, A. (2007): Review of The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names