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Tim Sandles

Tim Sandles is the founder of Legendary Dartmoor

Beehive Huts

Beehive Huts

In the general sense the word ‘beehive hut‘ generally refers to the secular ‘beehive’ shaped huts in which the monks of Ireland, Scotland and parts of England lived. The term can also apply to the beehive shaped musgum mud-built huts in which the indigenous people of Cameroon live in. All …

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Bee Boles

Bee Boles

To this day if you look carefully around some of the old Dartmoor farms you will see what look like small cupboards made of granite. They are either built into or alongside a wall and will consist of anything from one to eight small recesses or niches, each with a …

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Bees

Bees

Walk up amongst the heather on a hot summer’s day and the moor will literally buzz with the noise of bees busily collecting pollen. With such an abundance it is hardly surprising that Dartmoor folk fully utilised this resource and that the bee has found itself firmly embedded in tradition …

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Beams & Gerts

Beams & Gerts

Having recently just completed a webpage on the ‘Pits of Dartmoor‘ it does seems logical to follow it with a page on the Beams and Gerts of Dartmoor. Mainly due to the fact that both beams and gerts began life as pits before they actually formed. I must admit it …

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Ashburton Curse

Ashburton Curse

There has been a great deal of media attention paid to the subject of ‘cyber bullying’ whereby people receive threatening or malicious comments via email or text. There have been some fatal and upsetting outcomes of these actions and in some cases the senders have been prosecuted. However, is this …

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Ashburton Murder

Ashburton Murder

It becomes very apparent that in a lot of the murders committed on Dartmoor there is the recurring association with a town fair. Obviously the occasion would merit the gathering of people and the consumption of alcohol which both could be the precursors to violent actions. It would also appear …

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Ash Houses

Ash Houses

On many of the farms located on the arable fringes of the moor a common sight was the stone ‘ash house’. These are small circular buildings with conical roofs which would be located near to the farm. Back in the old days the combination of open fires, wide chimneys and …

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Ammils

Ammils

Every now and then nature transforms Dartmoor into a spectacle of shimmering ice and frost which coats literally everything in a mantle of glistening ice crystals, on the moor this is known as ‘The Ammil’. This phenomenon occasionally occurs in other parts of the country but is normally regarded as …

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Aircraft Crash Sites

Aircraft Crash Sites

Sadly, Dartmoor has more than its fair share of aircraft crash sites and some of them still show bits of the wreckage. If you look at the map below you will see the major second world war airfields, clearly Dartmoor is surrounded by them on all sides so maybe it …

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Yellowmead Circle

Yellowmead Circle

About half a mile to the south east of Sheepstor lies the Yellowmead Stone Circle or to be precise ‘Circles’ because there are in fact four of them. Butler (1994, p.74) describes the rings as ‘fourfold circles‘ although other authors have referred to them as ‘concentric circles’, English Heritage being …

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