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St. Anne Bucks Mills

St Anne’s is a relatively new church having been built in 1862 largely at the expense of Jane Elwes, the mistress of the Walland-Carey Estate, to meet the needs of their estate workers.  The estate was dissolved in 1949.  The Ecclesiastical Parish was carved out of Parkham and Woolfardisworthy Ecclesiastical and Civil Parishes and is not a Civil Parish in its own right.  It stands within the Northern Devon AONB. There are approximately 200 households in the Parish with the majority of inhabited homes being centred on Bucks Cross that has a Post Office/ General Store and a Hall.  


Bucks Mills has about 8 permanently inhabited houses with the remaining 20 or so being holiday lets or second homes.  The remaining households in the Parish are spread among the rural areas without any central focus.  Walland Carey grounds and house is now the base for Parc Resorts Holiday Park, a static caravan and chalet holiday centre.  Demographically the Parish contains mainly middle-aged and older people. Younger families in the parish tend to gravitate to Woolsery where there are better facilities and where the population numbers warrant setting up recreational activities. 

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