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Our next village event will be Mothers Union meeting on 24th January 2018 at 2:30 PM in Landkey village hall

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A picture of William Gould, in 1936 an octogenarian Landkey resident, who reminisced about his life in the village and church over a period stretching back as far as the late 19th century. A newspaper article written in 1936 is reproduced on the website (see News Blogs) and we are grateful to Eric Price for providing this clipping. Image courtesy of Eric Price 5th January 2018.
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Welcome to the website for Landkey, a peaceful village located within the rolling green hills of North Devon, England.

Landkey is characterised by a sense of community among its residents, especially among those who have dwelt here for many years and who have an intimate knowledge of the history and culture of the village. Landkey has welcomed many new residents in recent years as successive house-building projects have been completed and it is hoped that initiatives such as the establishment of this website will help to strengthen this sense of community by making available to all residents information about their village in a readily-accessible format.

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From Charles Waldron on 5th January 2018:Subject: A glimpse into life a long time ago

Landkey residents might be interested to read this article which appeared in a 1936 newspaper (the identity of which is not known) and which offers a glimpse into life in the village and church dating as far back as the late 19th century. Thanks are expressed to Eric Price for providing this clipping.

Oldest Inhabitant Looks Back

(From a 1936 newspaper)

Landkey, an old-world village near Barnstaple, retains much of its charm, for it is still mainly dependent on agriculture.

With an Acland in the House of Commons for the Barnstaple Division, Landkey is proud of being the birthplace of that distinguished county family.

Here is situated Acland Barton, now a farmhouse, adjoining which are the remains of the ancient family chapel, erected about 300 years ago.

The oldest male inhabitant is octogenarian William Gould, the carpenter who fixed the clock in the ancient parish church in commemoration of the Jubilee of Queen Victoria [June 1887].

Among Mr Gould's most vivid recollections are those of Landkey Revels, last held 70 years ago, and the wrestling matches for silver spoons - one local champion went to church with his trophies fastened to the band of his hat. Church services then were renowned for the accompaniment of the singing on lute and bass violin.

Then there were the challenging sermons of the famous sporting parson, the Rev. Jack Russell, of the nearby village of Swimbridge, who would often go straight from morning service to prepare for the hunt.

Mr Gould remembers the coaches rumbling to a brief halt before the Ring O'Bells; the first train on the Barnstaple-Taunton line; and the obsolete industry of lime-burning at Venn, a neighbour hamlet. Efforts are being made to revive this.

Mr Gould recalls the time when there was one newspaper per week for the whole village. Two landowners shared the copy and read it to their employees, who kept the parish supplied with news of international affairs and local gossip.

A picture of Mr Gould appears on this site (see Village Events - Events Gallery).

Christmas Tree Festival and Nativity Play
18th December 2017
Landkey remembers
12th November 2017
Daffodil Planting - 11th November 2017
6th November 2017
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Points of View

From Jon Williams on 5th January 2018:

It is lovely to see that as part of the new development children of Landkey will have a new Basket Ball court. However as a parent I would be interested to know, is the Parish Council in a position to look into the fact that walking from Landkey to Newport has no pathway and is not light up or does not have a cycle lane.

The school Bus to Park School stopped a while ago now as the council deem it safe for our children to walk to school.

During the winter time especially I do not know of any parent that thinks this route is safe.

This would be a real benefit to our village and to the safety of our children, my fear is that it will only get addressed after a fatality.


Richard Prowse (Parish Councillor) sent this reply on 5th January 2018:
Yes the hard surface play area will be great for older children. You are quite right to draw attention to the lack of a safe route into town. The Parish Council supported the parents who appealed to the County Council when the school bus was withdrawn and made their own submission. Sadly, the DCC councillors felt that Venn Road was a safe route to Park School! The development at Portmore includes a cycle/walkway but that still leaves quite a long section into Landkey itself. The Parish Council is on record several times calling for the Highway Authority to complete the route - perhaps along the border of the golf park - towards the village. We will keep making this case.
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Landkey in pictures

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Landkey's Alphabet of Parishes plaque, 1994. Artwork @copyright Judy Barber.
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The Landkey Sculpture. Created by local artist Polly Pocock, this distinctive artwork stands at the entrance to the northern side of village and is made up of local stone from nearby Venn Quarry and is in the shape of the Landkey parish boundary. The sculpture was commissioned by Landkey Parish Council and was inspired following a consultation with local people to seek ideas on what Landkey meant to them. It was unveiled on July 25th 2009.
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Landkey village hall.
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Landkey's Millennium Green, opened in June 2000, is appreciated daily by local residents who make use of this valuable amenity. At the time, it was one of just 250 Greens created nationwide as part of the government's plans to mark the millennium.