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

Yesterday, 11:00
Exmouth Mayor Bill Nash hands over this years Mayors charity cheque to Helen Crossfield of The Samaritans. Ref exe 9996-50-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife.

Exmouth’s Christmas Cracker – and other events around the town – has raised more than £1,500 for the local branch of The Samaritans. Exmouth mayor, Councillor Bill Nash, presented Helen Crossfield, branch manager of Exeter, Mid and East Devon Samaritans, with a cheque at the town hall’s recent Christmas party.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:57
Show of Hands double bassist Miranda Sykes and mandolinist Rex Preston are one of the highlights of Otterton Mill's spring music season.

East Devon’s Otterton Mill has announced the line-up for its spring music season.

Read more
Wed, 21:27
Laser sailing boats.; Photo by Simon Horn Ref shsp 9302-34-10SH

It’s been a quiet time on the water lately for all at Exe Sailing Club, as the wind has not played ball, writes Rex Frost.

Read more
Mon, 21:22
Football generic picture

Exeter City Football Club has announced that, owing to a variety of reasons, the need to secure a loan from the PFA to assist cash-flow over the short term will not now be necessary, writes Richard Dorman.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Photo Orders
Competitions
Subscriptions
Facebook
Family notices

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition
Honiton�s trusted business finder