Ceremony held to unveil the new oak cross to remember Ellen and Elizabeth Lee, who were found dead in Brownsham Wood in 1862.

A wooden cross which has stood in Clovelly for more than 100 years marking two little girls who disappeared in 1862 has been renewed.

The ‘babes in the wood’, Ellen and Elizabeth Lee, aged two and 11, were found dead in the Brownsham Wood and the cross has stood since 1907 to remember them.

James Morley, Hartland, who is more used to making bespoke fine furniture, offered to take on the project, having designed and made a 13ft tall gilded cross for Beaulieu Abbey Church in 2013.

He enlisted the help of fellow coastguards to extract the old cross and fit the new one, made in solid oak.

James said: “I am honoured to be working on a project such as this.

“I fully expect this cross to last at least as long as the last one and it is very life affirming to have played a small part in remembering these two poor children.”

The Hon John Rous, owner of Clovelly, unveiled the cross on Sunday with a memorial ceremony led by The Reverend Brenda Jacobs.

The footpath leading to the memorial is private, so if anyone should wish to visit it, permission first needs to be sought by contacting Clovelly Visitor Centre: visitorcentre@clovelly.co.uk Tel: 01237 431781.