St Paul’s Parish Church hosts a rededication service for its newly restored Acland Chapel – with special guests in attendance

Members of the Acland family reunited in their spiritual home of Landkey on Saturday to witness the rededication of a shrine to their ancestor.

The stunning 17th century Acland memorial and chapel is open to the public again after an £18,000 restoration project at St Paul’s Church.

Around 20 members of the modern Acland family joined the congregation for the rededication service, conducted by Reverend Shaun O’ Rourke.

They included former UK ambassador and secretary of state Sir Antony Acland, plus ex-army officer Lt Colonel Sir Guy Acland, who said the day had been ‘brilliant’.

“It’s wonderful that the church has taken it on themselves to carry out the restoration,” he said.

“Most of us have been here before as we have traced our roots and we are all very conscious of the fact we came from Devon.”

The memorial dates from 1610 and is dedicated to Sir Arthur Acland. It was erected in his memory by his father after Sir Arthur died relatively young.

The restoration project was carried out by McNeilage Conservation and funded by grants from various sources as well as fundraising by the congregation and donations from Acland family members.