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The church at East Putford
The church at East Putford

Now sold off as a redundant church

©Richard J. Brine

East Putford Church closure notice
When a diocese decides it no longer needs a particular church after consultation with the congregation, it can start the process of declaring it redundant. This process begins with a notice in the London Gazette and will include de-consecration before it is put up for sale on the open market. In cases where there is an adjacent burial plot, arrangements will be made to ensure that graves are not disturbed at any time in the in the future and that the public have access to graves, including rights of burial. The majority of redundant churches in Devon are sold for conversion to houses. This particular building is now used as an agricultural store and although it may seem a sad process, it has to be remembered that many congregations have dwindled to single figures and that Pilton already has an ancient church on the other side of the village together with a churchyard for burials.


"East Putford is a parish and village on the river Torridge, 10 miles south west from Bideford Station, and 9 miles west-south-west from Torrington Station, both on a branch line of the Southern (late London and South Western) Railway, in the Barnstaple division of the county, Shebbear Hundred, Bideford petty Sessional division, union and county court district, rural deanery of Holsworthy, archdeaconry of Totnes and diocese of Exeter.

The church (dedication unknown) is an ancient building of stone of mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, north transept, south porch and a belfry containing one bell, cast about 1842 from the two bells previously existing. The church was almost wholly rebuilt in 1882, the chancel being restored by J C Moore-Stevens Esq; there are 100 sittings. The register dates from the year 1671. The living is a chapelry, annexed to the rectory of West Putford, joint net yearly value £333, including 89 acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of Miss C M Rowland, and held since 1913 by the Rev. Charles David Jenkins, L.Div. of St David's College, Lampeter, who resides at West Putford.

William Furse Esq. is lord of the manor; Mrs Turner,, H. Cleverdon Esq and Lewis James May Esq are the principal landowners. The soil is loamy; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat and oats. The area is 2373 acres of land and 6 of water; rateable value, £685. The population in 1911 was 155.

Letters through Brandis Corner, Devon. West Putford, half a mile distant is the nearest telegraph office.

The children of this parish attend the school at West Putford."


Harris, William F, JP, Bountisthorne

Turner, Mrs George, Mambury


Andrew, Joseph, farmer, Narracott

Beer, Ernest, farmer, Nutton

Cleverdon, Henry, farmer and Deputy Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths

Colwill, William, farmer, Northcott

Frain, Charlotte Mrs, farmer, Middlehill

Furse, William, farmer, Barton

Harris, William, farmer, Bountisthorne

Hatch, Albert, farmer, Cudgimoor

Marshall, Thomas, farmer, Venn Mills

Piper, John, farmer, Venn

Stoneman, Thomas, Winslade

Walter, Richard, farmer, Sexworthy


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