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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Snailey House

Snailey House

There once was a small cott nestled in the valley between Riddon Ridge and Bellever tor. The East Dart river ran close by the homestead which was known as Whiteslade or more appropriately the ‘Snailey House’. Now for some unknown reason, on Dartmoor a ‘snail’ is what is more commonly …

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Smuggler’s Hole

Smuggler's Hole

High up on the valley of the river Erme is a small stream that tumbles down the northern flank of Stalldon. This stream is known as the Downing’s House Brook, nothing strange about that. If you walk up the brook you will just see evidence that the old tinners have …

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Sheep Measure, The

Sheep Measure, The

The ‘Sheep Measure’ has always fascinated me and it was only after reading about its purpose that it fascinated me even more. William Crossing, 1990, p. 461, notes the following: “… we come upon the rectangular enclosure known as Lough Tor Pound. The gateway is on the side nearest the …

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Sentry, The

Sentry, The

No this is not about a brave soldier who whilst on guard duty fought off single-handed a hoard of invaders, although it is the story of a battle. The Sentry is in fact a field by the church, originally it was called the Sanctuary Field, time and Devonshire dialect have …

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Sourton Ice Factory

Sourton Ice Factory

 Ice is probably a strange thing to list amongst the aspects of Dartmoor but thanks to a man with foresight it was, for a very short time, a thriving industry on northern Dartmoor. In wintertime the one thing Dartmoor is not short of is ice and if you go back …

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Scotch Sheepfold

Scotch Sheepfold

‘The ruined sheepfold stood four-square on the western slope of Stannon Hill. Built nearly a hundred years ago, at the time when many enthusiastic spirits discovered Dartmoor and dreamed dreams of prosperity to be dug from her bowels or garnered on her breast, it adds one to a long list …

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Scobitor Folly

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On the western flank of Pudsham Down sits Scobitor which today is a small farm on whose lands sits a small tor and an enigmatic round tower. Incidentally and way off topic but to indulge my love of place-names, the name Pudsham Down at one time possibly meant the ‘Down …

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Saxon Well

Saxon Well

Probably the unsung hero of Widecombe-in-the-Moor is the tiny well located at the edge of the main square. Visitors tend to flock to the church and the shops in search of ‘Uncle Tom’ and can quite easily miss what has been described as the, “most picturesque well in Devon” – …

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Sandy Hole Pass

Sandy Hole Pass

“Here is the evidence in plenty that even in that remote spot the miner ‘streamed’ for tin. For, just above it advantage has been taken of a little rocky pass through which the Dart makes his way to further confine the stream within rude granite walls. The hollow is known …

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Sanders Longhouse

Sanders Longhouse

Following on from the Dartmoor Longhouses page this now uses one of the better examples of a surviving medieval longhouse know as Sanders to show their development. The building lies in the small settlement known as Lettaford which is located about 2 miles to the south of Chagford. The settlement …

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