The Old Lighthouse, Lundy


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Commemorative Monument
Early Medieval

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council

Devon County Council

District Council

Torridge District Council


Torridge District

Parliamentary Constituency

Torridge and West Devon

Grid Reference

SN132132 (213192, 144284)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.1667, -4.67229

Nearest Postcode

EX39 2LY

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An irregular oval enclosed burial ground on the summit of Beacon Hill. The walls on the north west, north and north east sides of the enclosure are stone walls constructed by Trinity House as part of the enclosure of the buildings ancillary to what is now called The Old Lighthouse. These walls follow the line of an ancient enclosure for the burial ground. On the south west side the enclave is formed by a bank and ditch which are early medieval in date and this can be traced on the south east side as a low earthwork in the field adjacent to the present enclosure. In the centre and west side of the burial ground are the excavated remains of an early Christian shrine which has associated graves. It was from here that that the earliest graves and four memorial stones originate. These were discovered on the site at various times and date back to the fifth-seventh centuries AD. Subsequent burials are of medieval and post medieval date. The graves include those of the families of the owners of the island in the 19th and 20th centuries. The slabs which covered some of the early graves can still be seen in the void left by the excavation. The four early stone memorials have been placed against the bank on the south west side of the enclosure. Scheduled.

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