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HER Number:MDV64814
Name:Great Torrington Cemetery


Great Torrington Cemetery is a good example of mid 19th century Burial Board cemetery which retains its 19th century buildings and structural planting.


Grid Reference:SS 486 194
Map Sheet:SS41NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGreat Torrington
Ecclesiastical ParishGREAT TORRINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS41NE/227
  • Old Registered Parks and Gardens Ref (II): 5059

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CEMETERY (XIX - 1856 AD to 1856 AD (Between))

Full description

English Heritage, 2002, Great Torrington Cemetery, Devon (Register of Parks and Gardens in England). SDV321621.

Great Torrington Cemetery, which fronts Bideford Road, is a good example of a High Victorian cemetery (it was consecrated in 1856) laid out by a provincial Burial Board. The layout of the cemetery survives intact, together with substantial areas of original planting. It contains contemporary associated structures including two chapels, a lodge and entrance gates and it also contains a good collection of 19th century funerary monuments. See register for full details. Other details: PG 5059.

Christie, P., 2007, The Painful Birth of Torrington Cemetery, 279-292 (Article in Serial). SDV361650.

The development of Torrington Graveyard opposite the workhouse. Using information from the North Devon Journal.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

English Heritage, 2010, Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England (Devon) (Correspondence). SDV344077.

Decision taken, as part of a cemeteries re-grading review project, not to regrade Great Torrington Cemetery.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV321621Register of Parks and Gardens in England: English Heritage. 2002. Great Torrington Cemetery, Devon. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. A4 Stapled.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97694 ]
SDV344077Correspondence: English Heritage. 2010. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England (Devon). Cemeteries Re-grading Thematic Project. Letter.
SDV361650Article in Serial: Christie, P.. 2007. The Painful Birth of Torrington Cemetery. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 139. Paperback Volume. 279-292.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 2 2018 8:14AM