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Laughter Tor Cross

Laughter Tor Cross

A I spent most of 1996 visiting, photographing and drawing all the more noted stone crosses of Dartmoor as preparation for my book, it should not be surprising that the subject is near to my heart. Therefore I was excited when I stumbled upon a photograph of a previously undiscovered …

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Laughter Tor Complex

Laughter Tor Complex

One of the biggest travesties as far as Dartmoor archaeology is concerned must be the forestation of the area around Bellever and to a lesser extent, Laughter tor. The forest was planted by the Duchy of Cornwall in 1921 in order to replenish wood supplies and this effectively blanketed about …

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Lakehead Kistvaen

Lakehead Kistvaen

If ever there was a top ten of Dartmoor kistvaens then the number one slot for me would be taken by ‘Kist 14a’ which sits on Lakehead Hill. Whoever was buried here must surely have been a person of high status to command such regal ‘burial furniture’. If anyone has …

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Knattabarrow

When is a barrow not a barrow? Why, when it’s ‘Knatt a Barrow’ of course and this Knatta Barrow sits upon its own hill – Knattaburrow Hill at an altitude of 450 metres. Here we see some typical Dartmoor confusion as various topographical writers refer to a burrow as opposed …

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Kistvaens

Kistvaens

Attempting to even try to explain burial tombs which are around 4,000 years old is virtually impossible and full of modern-day conjectures and beliefs. Clearly the very design of ancient tombs had some significance and meaning to the prehistoric mind but trying to say exactly what is impossible. It has …

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Kings Oven

Kings Oven

‘ … and so along the Wallebroke, and thence in a line to Furnum Regis…‘ 1240 Perambulation of the Forest of Dartmoor.  On the modern OS map Furnum Regis is recorded as , ‘King’s Oven (ruin)‘, the devotees of the Arthurian legends will argue that prior to the 1240 appellation …

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King Way Cross

King Way Cross

Back in the Spring of 2010 a group of ramblers from Plymouth were walking by the King Wall on the western flank of Great Nodden and decided to stop for a coffee break. Whilst contemplating their surroundings one of the group spotted the remains of a stone cross set into …

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Hurston Stone Row

Hurston Stone Row

Hurston Ridge is about 3 kilometres from the cottage where I used to live and made a nice stroll of an evening where I could watch the sun slowly sink into the moor. The last time I was up there it was one of those times when the wind made …

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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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