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Littleham Methodist Church.jpg
Littleham Methodist Church
Littleham is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population394 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSS437233
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtEX39
Dialling code01237
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°59′16″N 4°13′39″W / 50.987876°N 4.227521°W / 50.987876; -4.227521Coordinates: 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 the Torridge district, 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 and are employed to work at Fisher Hall; 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 the village for children that suffer from mental disabilities, trips and visits to neighbouring towns are organised monthly.


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



Richard Boucher James (1822-1908), photograph 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 (née 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".


There are two buses per week into Bideford and Barnstaple (Tuesday and Friday). In the other direction, the bus[es] go[es] to Bradworthy - service 372 - and is run by Turner Buses.


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]


  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2013-03-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Littleham at Wikimedia Commons