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Brief description of site

The cemetery was established 1854 by the Great Torrington Burial Board. The site occupies about 2.5 hectares, and is bounded by stone walls, banks and hedges. It slopes from the southern boundary and has views over Great Torrington Common. Features include a World War 1 memorial, specimen trees, a two-storey Tudor Gothic-style lodge and a pair of stone Gothic-style chapels.

Brief history of site

By the 1830s, the parish burial ground was becoming overcrowded as the town's prosperity grew. A proposal for a new burial ground was debated and rejected in 1833, but by 1852 the problem was more pressing. A vote in favour of a new cemetery took place in 1852, but was not realised until 1854. The designer of the cemetery remains unknown. It was consecrated in 1856, and remains mostly unchanged today.

Location information:

Address: Great Torrington Cemetery, New Street, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8DD

Locality: Devon

Local Authorities:

Devon; Torridge; Great Torrington

Historical County: Devon

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 180 Grid Ref: SS487194
Latitude: 50.9541 Longitude: -4.1555


West of Great Torrington, north of the A386.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily, 10am to 5pm. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: cemetery

Purpose of site: cemetery

Context or principal building: cemetery

Site first created: 1854

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2.5

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