Charlotte Dymond finally gets a headstone

By Linden Jones in Local People

ON Sunday 18 June a Reveal Sunday and graveside dedication was held at Davidstow Church at 3pm in honour of Charlotte Dymond, who was murdered at Roughtor Ford in 1844. A warm welcome came from Rector Deryn Roberts and opening prayers were said for both Charlotte Dymond and Matthew Weekes, with whom she was ‘stepping out’ and who was found guilty of her murder and hanged. The congregation then made their way outside for the blessing of Charlotte’s new headstone. Matthew Banks, Cornish historian said: “Finally Charlotte’s grave is marked with a proper headstone after 173 years”. Originally Charlotte’s grave was marked solely by a broken cross which had been removed from the eastern gable end of Davidstow church during renovations in 1875, but it was not until 2001 that the Goodenough family of Higher Tremail Farm donated a flat burial stone to mark where she rested.

Through further donations and a concert held at the church in 2015 performed by three talented musicians, Lynn Henderson, Josie Whale and Estelle Langthorne, enough money was raised and donated and this enabled the church to proceed with Charlotte Dymond’s headstone.

For further information on the story visit: www.cornwall.co.uk, www.oldcornwall.net, www.amazon.co.uk/CharlotteDymond

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