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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Blackaton Cross

Blackaton Cross

Sat beside what is now a track leading to the China Clay workings is a lone solitary granite cross. The surrounding land is a palimpsest of prehistoric ritual and modern industrial landscapes of which the latter has sadly obliterated much of the former. The cross is actually marked on the …

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Bennett’s Cross

Bennett's Cross

Bennett’s Cross – why, because somebody pinched his pasty! Well hardly, Bennett’s Cross in an ancient, granite wayside cross that sits just beside the B3212 near the Warren House Inn. This particular cross always appears to be in agony, its form somehow resembling a small man twisted up with arthritis. …

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Bellever Roundhouse

Bellever Roundhouse

It is said that ‘An ill wind blows no good’ but in the winter of 2006 a mighty moorland storm blasted through the Bellever Plantation skittling and snapping the conifer trees like matchsticks. So to use another saying; ‘one man’s gain is another man’s loss’ insomuch as there was undoubtedly …

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Bellever Monuments Key

Bellever Monuments Key

Some of the monuments in and around the Bellever/Laughter Tor/ Lakehead Hill area at one time each had a numbered post which related to it’s description etc. As a result of time and weather (possibly vandalism)  some still have their number posts in-situ and some have lost them. Either way …

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Bellever Complex

Bellever Complex

One of the biggest travesties as far as Dartmoor archaeology is concerned must be the forestation of the area around Bellever and to a lesser extent, Laughter tor. The forest was planted by the Duchy of Cornwall in 1921 in order to replenish wood supplies and this effectively blanketed about …

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Beardown Man

Beardown Man

Beardown Man – sounds like the Dartmoor equivalent of Grizzly Adams but sadly there is no bear or man just a huge pillar of granite. But having said that this is no ordinary pillar of granite, it’s a very, very old pillar of granite erected by ancient hands over 4,000 …

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Beaker People

Beaker People

“Near this were two or three fragments of pottery, and close under these a small urn was discovered, which had been crushed by the subsidence of the cairn stones… The bottom of the urn was resting on the * calm,” and lying amongst the sherds was a flint knife in …

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Beacons

Beacon

Another fire rose furious up; behind Another and another: all the hills Each beyond each held up its crest of flame. Along the heavens the bright crimson hue Widening and deepening travels on; the range O’erleaps black Tamar, by whose ebon tide Cornwall is bounded; and on to Haytor rock …

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Assacombe Hill History

Assacombe Hill History

Whilst researching the King’s Oven page it became clear that within the locality were a large number of cairns and other prehistoric ritual features. For Dartmoor this is nothing out of the norm but one name seemed to jump out from the map – Asacombe Hill. The name alone boggles …

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Archerton Camp

Legendary Dartmoor

During a spell of boredom I was scrolling over an old Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor when I spotted an wooded oval feature which was labelled as  ‘Camp (site of)‘. Today the landscape feature is labelled as a ‘Settlement‘ by the OS. This is situated in the enclosures of Archerton …

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