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Nun’s Cross Farm Mystery

Nun's Cross Farm Mystery

If you’re ever near Nun’s Cross Farm have a careful look along the numerous enclosure walls and you may spot a strange stone embedded in one of them. As can be seen from the pictures below it certainly did not originate from that area and does not seem to be …

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No Man’s Land

No Man's Land

The emptiness of Dartmoor has often been remarked upon, it has been called a wilderness, a waste, a barren land, and many such other descriptives. Those that know the moor probably refute most of those terms but anyone looking at an Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor could be forgiven for …

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New House

New House

If you drive on the road from Hemsworthy Gate to Cold East Cross you will pass a collection of ruins that literally sit on the verge. Their very location may beg the question as to why any building would be so close to the roadside? William Crossing gives us the …

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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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