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Huntingdon Cross

Huntingdon Cross

“Sunshine played over the blue hazes and touched the grey summit of Shepherd’s Cross, where the ancient stone stood erect and solitary on the heath. It reared not far distant from rough, broken ground, where Tudor miners have streamed the hillside for tin in Elizabethan days. The relic glimmered with …

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Hut Circles

Hut Circles

Look at the OS map of Dartmoor and you cannot fail to see the hundreds on hut circles dotted around like a bad case of the measles. From this fact alone it doesn’t take much working out to arrive at the theory that at one time Dartmoor was heavily populated. …

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Houndtor Settlement

Houndtor Settlement

Nestled beneath the granite piles of Houndtor are the remains of a ‘Deserted Medieval Village’ or DMV. This medieval village is said to be one of three main examples of a Dartmoor deserted settlement, the other two being Hutholes and Dinah Clark’s. The Houndtor settlement lies on a gentle north-eastern …

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Hospit Cross

Hospit Cross

Just over 1.8 kilometres south-south-west of Moretonhampstead along a road known as Pound Street is a small crossroads known as Bovey Cross. This narrow road takes its name from the old North Bovey livestock pound some 640 metres further down the road. Besides the crossroads sits an ancient wayside cross, …

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Horn’s Cross

Horn's Cross

If ever you are travelling on the road between Holne and Hexworthy you may just spot a lone figure standing on the hillside near Combestone Tor. This is not a rambler but an old granite cross which stands on the old track known as the Maltern Way. As the Dartmoor …

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Hobajohn’s Cross

Hobajohn's Cross

Strange how one thing leads to another, I recently built a page on Staldon stone row which lead on to another on Butterdon stone row and that has now led onto this page about Hobajon’s Cross. Actually it’s a bit misleading to call this a ‘cross’ in the true sense …

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Hingston Hill

Hingston Hill

Hingston Hill, sometimes known as Hingston Down, (not to be confused with the other Hingston Down which is near Moretonhampstead) has sitting on its crest one of the more iconic of Dartmoor’s prehistoric ritual features. The Bronze Age stone row and cairn circle is also referred as ‘Down Tor stone …

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Hill Forts

Hill Forts

 When looking at the evidence for the Iron Age on Dartmoor it soon becomes obvious that something dramatic occurred around the beginning of the period. Look at any map of the moor and you will see that it is studded with hundreds of hut circles and other features from the …

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Hexworthy Cross

Hexworthy Cross

 “Here we find not across upon which the storms of hundreds of Dartmoor winters have left their mark but one of quite recent erection.”, Crossing, 1902.  Prior to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee of 1897 a committee of the Dartmoor Forest dwellers decided that to mark the event a cross was …

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Hembury Castle

Hembury Castle

Back in the Dark Ages nobody was safe from the marauding bands of Vikings that plundered the coasts. The sleek, low draughted boats could take them up many of the English rivers and it was only a matter of luck if they were looking to trade or seeking to plunder. …

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