Lapfordians who changed the world

Canned rice pudding was invented and manufactured in Lapford and the name of the village was exported around the world on the side of a tin. Remarkably, for such a small community, Lapford can boast many other fascinating connections with change and development in the late C19/early C20. Quite uncanny!

Hidden Detail

From his studio in Sidwell Street, Exeter, Herbert Read created pieces for some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Taj Mahal, the House of Lords and the National Cathedral in Washington DC. Lapford’s memorial cross was an altogether different commission. Mr Densham, chair of the war memorial committee, […]

Passing Muster: the armed villagers of Tudor Lapford

In Tudor times there was no standing army in England. Lapford was expected to maintain its own village militia, together with necessary equipment, ready to be called upon by the Crown in a time of need. What sort of village fighting force could Lapford muster?

Lowerfield House

Discover the history of this hidden serge-makers mansion house

Lapford Ladies cricket team

Lapford had a ladies’ cricket team as early as 1910, predating any national organisaton of the sport for women.

A grave tale

A farmer’s dream about his cow foils a night time murder plot

The Lapford Bride

Eight scenes in the remarkable life of Mary Ann Partridge who married at seventeen and was accused of wilfully murdering her husband the following year

Easton Barton: looking to Lapford

Easton Barton in 1907 – a grand farmhouse with medieval origins and striking Tudor features—tall granite windows and arched doorways. Roman remains said to be found on Cornbury Hill point to the possibility on an even earlier house on the site. Approaching Lapford, a road to the right  immediately before […]