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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Church Bells

Church Bells

“The Bells and Chimes of Motherland, Of England green and old, That out from grey and ivied tower A thousand years have toll’d; How heavenly sweet their music is As breaks the hallow’d day And calleth, with Seraph’s Voice A nation up to prey!“ Arthur Cleveland Coxe – 1849. Dartmoor …

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Charcoal Burners

Charcoal Burners

“The charcoal burner has tales to tell. He lives in the forest, alone in the forest, He sits in the forest, alone in the forest, And rabbits come up and they give him good morning, And rabbits come up and say, ‘Beautiful morning’, And the moon swings clear of the …

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Bye Laws

And when Moses came down from the mount Sinai, he held the two tables of the byelaws of Dartmoor. Whilst in the throws of research I had cause to read the byelaws that apply to the Dartmoor National Park and was amazed at what is listed in them. Perceivably many …

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Bullseyes Stones

Bullseyes Stones

“Bull’s Eye – A stone set in the bank of a leat having a hole drilled to release water from the leat into a branch channel. It can be stopped at will with a turf.”, Hemery, 1983. p.28. Along many of the Dartmoor leats sit a variety of Bullseye Stones …

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Buckfast Wine

Buckfast Wine

For centuries the Benedictine monks have produced some fine brews such as the famous ‘Benedictine’ liqueur’ which was produced in 1510. The liqueur is said to be a secret blend of brandy and 27 plants and spices so clearly the monks know a thing or two about blending. In 1862 …

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Bridges

Bridges

It will come as no startling revelation that a place such as Dartmoor with all its rivers, streams, brooks, leats and to some extent railways and other man-made obstacles will have numerous ways of crossing them. Ever since man set foot upon the moor there has been a need to …

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Bogs & Mires

Bogs & Mires

You aren’t a Dartmoor ‘aficionado until you have ended up at least knee deep in a stinking bog or mire, it’s what the place is all about. From the terrifying ‘Grimpen Mire‘ of Sherlock Holmes’s fame to the real nightmare of Raybarrow Pool, bogs and mires abound on Dartmoor. But …

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Blowing Stones

Blowing Stones

The Blowing Stone is another of the ‘Dartmoor Gems’, there is not really a legend about it but more of a tradition, hence its inclusion. The story goes back to the time of the Venville Men and their rights. In 1382 at a court held at Lydford castle it was …

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Belstone Stocks

Belstone Stocks

Belstone is one of those small moorland villages where you can spend hours walking around and discovering little curiosities hidden in every nook and cranny. One of the more obvious features are the stocks which are sat by the village green where they testify to punishments of years gone by. …

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Beer

Beer

It seems a fair assumption that with all the cider drunk in Devonshire beer consumption would be lower than other areas but this was not so. Old farm inventories for Devon show that there were 30 references to cider but 68 to beer and beer making. It must be remembered …

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