Grave concern over crumbling tombstones

14:41 29 November 2012

Uplyme churchyard. Photo by Chris Carson

Uplyme churchyard. Photo by Chris Carson

Archant

Church warning after ancient gravestone collapses

Visitors who lean on the ageing tombstones in Uplyme churchyard could end up permanent residents there.

That is the warning from officials who have issued an urgent safety alert after one of the hefty gravestones recently collapsed.

Vicar Gavin Tyte said it did not fall of its own accord but collapsed when someone leant on it.

He said the stone had developed unseen fissures or cracks after being weakened through age and weathering.

“Someone lent on it and it broke apart, fracturing into multiple pieces,” he said

“It was extremely heavy and could have injured someone – child or adult.

“We do our best to ensure that the churchyard is as safe as possible and children are welcome in the churchyard. However, for their safety please ensure they are supervised at all times. It would be prudent to warn them and not allow them to touch or climb on any of the gravestones.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Maritime officials have looked back on how steps taken to prevent an environmental disaster led to the MSC Napoli being grounded off Branscombe.

Read more
18:31

More than 200 people took part in the Womens March in Barnstaple this afternoon (Saturday) in protest of newly-elected president Donald Trump

Read more
15:00

The duo will lose their locks as part of MacMillan’s campaign

Read more
15:00

A former Royal Navy serviceman, who left the police control room after 20 years to become a PCSO, has joined Sidmouth’s neighbourhood team.

Read more

Budleigh Salterton traders are looking for someone to sponsor one of two new proposed life-saving devices in the town.

Read more
12:00

Centenarian Doris Covington is joined by family and friends to mark her 100th at Tyspane Care Home

Read more

The fundraiser will support UNICEF UK’s Syrian Children Refugee Fund, helping children affected by civil war.

Read more
10:00

Gardens will be open in the coming weeks in and around North Devon to give people the chance of enjoying this winter gem

Read more
09:00

The Arklow Resolve ship from Holland has landed thousands of tons of stone chippings at Yelland

Read more
07:00

Seaton Town Council will be asking average council tax payers for an extra 41p a week more towards its operating costs this year.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 2°C

min temp: 1°C

Most Read News

Place a family notice

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Find a job in Devon



Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

FFind planning applications