"Sheepwash is the epitome of a Devonshire village - a picture-postcard sort of place that even the dullest day can't spoil. It looks quiet and serene as though the centuries haven't touched it; a pleasant little backwater where nothing much has ever happened. But things are rarely what they seem. For such a small village it has a great deal of history."
At the heart of the village is an attractive open square. The church tower dominates the skyline behind the comely thatched roofs at the far end of the square which is bordered on its northern edge by the popular Half Moon Inn that provides facilities for fishing on the nearby River Torridge.
Given the air of tranquillity that pervades the village today, it is hard to imagine that in 1836 it was the scene of a riot over the workings of the new Poor Law in which several hayricks were set alight. The five ringleaders were taken to Exeter gaol under guard of the North Devon Yeomanry despite the efforts of a hostile crowd to free them. They were each jailed for three months.