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Prison Museum

Prison Museum

Probably one of the most mysterious and enigmatic places on Dartmoor is the prison at Princetown, it holds a certain morbid fascination for most visitors. The dark, grey granite walls have for two centuries kept French and American war prisoners along with a multitude of criminals securely confined behind them. …

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Princetown Church

Princetown Church

Back in the early 1800s Sir Thomas Tyrwhitt had amongst others, a dream that Princetown would have a prison along church to serve the growing community. The prison was to house prisoners of war from the Napoleonic war and construction of this project began in 1806. However, it was several …

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Piskie cave

Piskie cave

High up amongst the craggy granite outcrops of Sheepstor lies a small, naturally formed cave that sits amongst a dense scatter of rocks and boulders. The cave goes by several names; Piskie’s Cave, Piskie’s Hole, Piskie’s Grott, Piskie’s House, and Elford’s Cave, but whatever one calls it, the place has …

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Pin Tor

Pin Tor

This shows you how Dartmoor can affect people, I was reading the latest edition of ‘The Dartmoor News’ where I read an article about how the recent access laws have meant that one can now visit Pin Tor. It seems despite the Dartmoor National Park erecting a brand spanking new …

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Pimple, The

Pimple, The

In 1984 Prince Charles described a new extension to the National Gallery as a, “monstrous carbuncle”, but he was not the first to liken a skin blemish unto an architectural intrusion on the landscape. Since the early 1900s Dartmoor or to be more precise, Whitchurch Down has had a structure …

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Pew tor

Pew tor

“The view from Pu Tor is exceedingly fine, much of the moor being revealed on one side, and a vast extent of the cultivated country on the other.” Crossing, p.146. “Grey through the thickening trees, the heights of Pu Tor towered northerly, and round about the land fell by fields …

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Peter Tavy Church

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“Quite and undisturbed, save by the shouts of the merry boys who frequent the neighbouring school, is the small churchyard. In summer it is quite over-shadowed by the umbrageous foliage of its protecting trees. Many rude tombstones attract our notice for their quaint design, or curious epitaph.”, Rachel Evans, 1846 …

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Peck Pits

Peck Pits

“Keep the Sabbath Holy”, was always the watchword on the farms of Dartmoor, which meant no work whatsoever and to ignore this warning was to invite the wrath of the Lord. Even more strictly observed was the tradition that no earth should be so much as scratched on Good Friday …

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Ockery, The

Ockery, The

I would wager a months salary that thousands of people have driven or walked over the modern bridge that carries the B3212 over the Blackabrook just to the north east of Princetown and not even noticed the little building now called the ‘Oakery’. And why should they, afterall it looks …

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Observation Posts

Observation Posts

The three military firing ranges encompass much of north Dartmoor and they have done for a very long time. Many of the structures associated with the military’s activities can be classed as ‘archaeological features’ which include target railways, butts, bound stones and the observation posts or OP’s as they are …

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