Littleham

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This article is about the village in North Devon. For the village in East Devon, see Littleham, Exmouth.
Littleham
Littleham Methodist Church
Littleham Methodist Church
Littleham is located in Devon
Littleham
Littleham
 Littleham shown within Devon
Population 394 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SS437233
District Torridge
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BIDEFORD
Postcode district EX39
Dialling code 01237
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Torridge and West Devon
List of places
UK
England
Devon

Coordinates: 50°59′16″N 4°13′39″W / 50.987876°N 4.227521°W / 50.987876; -4.227521

Littleham is a village and civil parish in North Devon, south west England, about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Bideford. The parish had a population of 394 in the 2001 census most of whom live in Littleham; many of the remainder are in Landcross some two miles away.[2]

Community facilities[edit]

Littleham has active Film and Gardening Clubs. The Film Club usually shows a film on the first Saturday of most months. The village has a Scout Group (1st Littleham (Parish Church)), and there is also a children's club located just outside of the village for children that suffer from mental disabilities, trips and visits to neighbouring towns are organised monthly.

Churches[edit]

There is a Methodist Chapel dated 1810, and St. Swithun's Church, which dates from Norman times.

Estates[edit]

Hallsannery[edit]

Richard Boucher James (1822-1908), photgraph circa 1870, State Library of South Australia

Hallsannery is a Georgian style mansion, which should not be confused with nearby Annery, Monkleigh. In 1891 it was occupied by Richard Boucher James (1822-1908), a pioneering settler in South Australia, and his family. He was born in Jamaica and in 1839 arrived in South Australia on board the Dumfries, with two of his brothers, William Rhodes James and John Vidal James. Immediately following the completion of surveys at Inman Valley, South Australia, the land, abounding with Kangaroos, was opened for selection and in early 1840 the first European settlers to establish a homestead at Inman Valley were the three young James brothers, William Rhodes James, John Vidal James, and Richard Boucher James.[3] They carved a shortcut – James Track – to their land. In 1848 at Willunga he married Mary Le Brun (nee Helmore) (born 1821 Isle of Wight). In 1856 together with partners he purchased the 60,000 acre Canowie Station, where he lived until 1863, when he returned to England. In Devon he purchased Hallsannery House from where he continued his interest and management of the Canowie Pastoral Company until his death in 1908.[4]He gave his profession in the 1891 census as "Land & Stockholder in Australia".

Transport[edit]

There are two buses per day into Bideford and Barnstaple (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Destination varies slightly depending on Barnstaple College term times. In the other direction, the bus[es] go[es] to Bradworthy - service 372 - and is run by Beaconbus.

Policing[edit]

The village is covered by Devon and Cornwall Police. The current local officer is Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Kevin Macleod who recently has been commended for good work in the village.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish Headcounts". United Kingdom Census 2001. Office for National Statistics. 2001-04-01. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  2. ^ Parish website:
  3. ^ Register Newspaper, 19 November 1842, page 3
  4. ^ Notes from the Southern Autrralia Northern Pioneers' composite, 1850-1859. State Library of South Australia, General Collection, Pictorial Collection, B 6912/H1. Richard Boucher James (1822-1908)[1]
  5. ^ http://www.devon24.co.uk/news/police_commendation_for_littleham_pcso_1_1983362

External links[edit]

Media related to Littleham at Wikimedia Commons