Walking through the cemeteries of the old churches of Devon you will notice that many of the Wills family headstones are very hard to read.
A visitor who visited Lustleigh, Ilsington and Bickington churches in 1991 and returned again in 2000 remarked how the inscriptions seem to have deteriorated in the intervening nine years.
The interior of the churches contain many Wills memorial plaques and even beautiful stained glass windows. The two photos below were taken in the Lustleigh church. Because these memorials are indoor they are well preserved. Many churches are often locked as there have been several robberies and the insurance people are getting particular, but keys are available upon enquiry.
The inscription across the bottom of the three windows reads: -
The Bickington Wills Window|
The Church at Bickington dates from 1420, a feature is the fifteenth century lych gate. The stained glass widow depicted to the right, is in the south wall to the right of the doorway, in the Church. The inscription on the brass tablet under the window is shown on the far right.
Descendants of Thomas Wills, of Eastwrey, are the only people able to hold burials in Lustleigh churchyard which is now closed, as it is full. In 1882 he donated land for an extension and a private corner is reserved for his heirs.
|In the main street of Totnes, Devon stands a monument to William John Wills inscribed.|
In honour of
William John Wills.
native of Totnes
the first with Burke to cross the
he perished in returning 28th June
Erected by public subscription