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King Arthur

King Arthur

The most famous person to emerge from the Dark Ages was the legendary figure of King Arthur, Arturus, Artorius or have who you will. His history and background are to this day fiercely debated with the Scots, Welsh and English all claiming he was a son of their soil. For …

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Jonas Coaker

Jonas Coaker

‘At Postbridge, in a rude cottage of granite blocks put together without mortar, and in the midst of a marsh. lived an old blind man, Jonas Coaker… When Mr Sheppard and I saw him he was aged eighty-three, and came downstairs for a few hours only in the day. He …

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John Trinniman

John Trinniman

This story comes from the very southern edge of Dartmoor and concerns a butler called John Trinnaman who was employed at Stowford House, near Ivybridge. Now, legend has it that Trinnaman was a strong and handsome man who was strongly attached to the lady of the house, this devotion was …

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Joey Brown

Joey Brown

For centuries there have been lurid tales of the infamous Black Dog and the Wisht Hounds that haunt the bleak moor on dark nights. Relentlessly they search for lost souls and strike fear into the hearts of any lone traveller. Right up to this very day no poor wretch has …

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Joe Leaman

Joe Leaman

Old Joe Leaman lived in a small cott down by Dartmeet and was a moorlander of the old kind. All his life he had lived and worked on Dartmoor and was now enjoying his retirement. His little cott provided him with a comfortable home and its garden fed him through …

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Jimmy Townsend

Jimmy Townsend

In a small rundown Dartmoor cott there once lived a man called Jimmy Townsend. Now Jimmy was a sociable fellow who liked a yarn and a ‘drap o juice’, he was the likable rogue of the area. If Jimmy was attending a harvest home or at the market you knew …

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James Perrot

James Perrot

“James Perrott, the well known guide, the best living authority on that land of tors, of which he is, indeed, a veritable ‘walking cyclopaedia.” – J. Ll. W. Page 1895. Back in the time when there was no such thing as health and safety, personal injury claims and perceived danger …

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Gubbins of Lydford

Gubbins of Lydford

“And near hereto’s the Gubbins’ cave;  A people that no knowledge have  Of law, of God, or men;  Whom Caesar never yet subdued,  Who’ve lawless liv’d; of manners rude;  All savage in their den.  By whom, if any pass that way,  He dares not the least time to stay,  For …

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Giant of Dinger Tor

Giant of Dinger Tor

Back in the dark ages almost every tor was home to a fearsome giant. Slowly, one by one they all died either at each others hand or through old age. Until the last living ogre was the largest and fiercest of them all – namely Moran the mighty. Now Moran …

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Garth the Tinner

High up the reaches of the Red Brook stands the ruin of a tinners hut known as Garth’s House. This small granite shelter was once his abode. One spring day he set of to his tin sett, on reaching the works he noticed what he initially thought to be a …

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