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New Bridge

New Bridge

“The bridge is a lovely, picturesque structure, green with ivy, and the river on each side is hedged in with schistose crags and woods,” – T. C. Paris 1865. Newbridge or Holne New Bridge as it’s sometimes called is thought to date from the fifteenth century, Henderson & Jervoise, p.33, …

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Moute’s Inn

Moute's Inn

Do you enjoy visiting quiet secluded inns with ‘olde worlde’ charm, granite walls and splendid views? Do you savour sitting infront of a granite fire place with no jukebox, pool table, or gambling machines that blare out inane electronic tunes? What would you give to be able to sit and …

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Mount Misery

Mount Misery

Mount Misery, now there’s a place-name to conjure with, what happened there to earn such a sinister name? Was a murder committed there, could it have been that somebody died of natural causes there or maybe a poor loan traveller became lost in a Dartmoor mist there? So where did …

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Monument, The

Monument, The

Whilst thumbing through John Chudleigh’s oft neglected book – An Exploration of Dartmoor’s Antiquities (1987, p.43), I came across the following passage: “Two tall granite stones on the Down above the bridge will strike our attention – one is 6 feet, the other 8 feet high, set up at the …

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Mis Tors

Mis Tors

“Great Mistor near the centre stands, Looming above the dreary lands; Here heathery wastes, and there the mires, Surround for miles the rocky spires; O’er hill and dale and wavy plain The eye will seek for bounds in vain.” Rev. E. W. L. Davies – 1863 As Dartmoor tors go …

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Miller’s Mile

Millers

“A wagon gay and horses four, Are standing here against your door, Five-and-twenty sacks of corn, Waiting to be upward bourn.” This is not a story about gruesome happenings at an ancient stone or of merrymakers being petrified for enjoying themselves on the Sabbath. This is all about what can …

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Merrivale

Merrivale

I bet more people have driven through Merrivale without knowing they have done so than those that did. Nobody could have driven from Princetown to Tavistock without wincing at the huge ‘bite’ taken out of the hillside above Merrivale. That gaping wound was known as Tor Quarry and in itself …

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Meldon Pool

Meldon Pool

Meldon Pool is not a naturally formed body of water it is a flooded disused limestone quarry, the limestone being used for building and for burning in the nearby limekilns. The water was known to have been over 130ft (39.5m) deep and clearly a dangerous place. It was here in …

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Meldon Glass Factory

Meldon Glass Factory

Probably one thing that anyone would not associate with Dartmoor would be the production of glass but during the 20th century there was a glass factory at Meldon. But why at Meldon? The simple answer to that question is the geology of the area which consists of dykes of Aplite …

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Meavy Royal Oak

Meavy Royal Oak

An old miner called Sam Gaskett once lived in the small village of Meavy on Southern Dartmoor. All his working life had been spent at the mines and although there was never a constant demand for work he enjoyed the job. The miners were paid by the quality of the …

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