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All Saints Churchyard, Langtree, Devon

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All Saints Churchyard

Langtree is a small village and parish in North Devon, England about 4 miles south west of Great Torrington and 8 miles south of Bideford. It's name means "tall tree". The parish of Langtree also includes the village of Stibb Cross.

Information about the history is taken from the Langtree Parish Local History Society (see link below).

History

The Parish of Langtree in North Devon has a slightly unusual War Memorial - the Turret Clock installed in the bell tower of All Saints' Church, Langtree, a 13th-century Anglican Church. The Parish is part of the Archdeaconry of Barnstaple and the Diocese of Exeter, and includes the villages of Langtree and Stibb Cross, and the hamlets of Berry Cross, Langtree Week and Stowford.

The clock was made in 1920, one of 1,600 turret clocks made by W Potts & Sons Ltd. It is an hour-striking clock with a gravity escapement, meaning it is weight-driven. It was designed by Lord Grimthorpe in 1860.

In February 1919, a Parish Meeting was called for "the purpose of erecting a suitable memorial to the men who have fought and died for their country", and it was proposed in May 1919 that the Memorial should be either a granite cross or a clock. It was agreed by a substantial majority vote that the memorial would be a clock. In 1920 the clock was installed as a commemoration to the 12 men of Langtree who fell in the 1914-18 War. An inscription on the cabinet housing the clock's internal workings shows that "This Clock was set going September 18th 1920, Rt Hon George Lambert MS".

There are likely to be in the church memorials and dedications to locals who were buried in the grounds but where no headstone survives. Therefore any list of interments based on headstones alone is likely to be incomplete. Parish registers begin in 1555 and Bishop's Transcripts in 1606.

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Find-a-Grave has 1 page for this cemetery:

Historic England listing

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Devon Cemeteries Team

This page is maintained by WikiTree members associated with the Global Cemeteries project. The aim is is to document the final resting place of those buried in Devon, to ensure that each cemetery has its own free-space page, which is linked to the category structure for Global Cemeteries, and that those buried in them are also gathered in the correct category. If you can help with adding photos or profiles of those listed as interred, it would be greatly appreciated. Please see the Devon Cemeteries Team Progress page for more details.

Interested in joining the team? See Devon Cemeteries Team.

  • Currently there is 1 profiles listed on Wikitree for this cemetery, which is well short of the number of interments. Findagrave has 26 entries, and Billion Graves has 0 (no BillionGraves page located for this cemetery). Armstrong-17381 15:30, 5 March 2021 (UTC)

Research

The Langtree Parish History Group did a survey of the churchyard in 2008, the results of which they published online All Saints Churchyard survey. The reason for the survey was that the church records for the graveyard had either been lost or destroyed. There are around 680 graves and 874 people mentioned on monuments. There is no copyright on the project. I came across the website whilst researching my husband's family, many of whom are buried here and I decided to create this page. Whilst WikiTree has a guiding principle to use only original photographs and research for cemeteries, I felt this was too good an opportunity to waste and my intention is to create profiles for all the family members first and then work my way through the others in the database. Armstrong-17381 15:30, 5 March 2021 (UTC)





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