Lapford …

once described as a quiet, agricultural backwater in Devon’s river country —but history tells us otherwise!


Lapford history is full of stories of intrigue, influence and incredulity that belie the village’s pastoral setting. It was once home to: the infamous and murderous ‘Parson Jack’; tinned rice pudding (invented in the village in 1936); some 2000 Roman soldiers; Britain’s ‘most wanted’ criminal; the last survivor of The Great Escape of WW2; a prosperous textile industry; and a surprising number of inspiring men and women who helped shape the world. See Lapfordians who changed the world

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This site is administrated by David Garton.

I will be very happy to share your memories of the village on this site. Or do get in touch if you are one of the many people around the world whose family history is a part of Lapford history.