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Cadover Cross

Cadover Cross

On the south eastern side of Wigford Down stands a lone wayside cross known as ‘Cadover Cross’ or sometimes as the ‘Cross on Wigford Down’. Today it is only the cross head and base which are the original components of the cross as can be seen from the restoration photograph …

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Butterdon Stone Row

Butterdon Stone Row

Having recently posted a webpage on the longest stone row on Dartmoor, namely Staldon, it seems logical to say a few words about it’s neighbour. Butterdon stone row is the second longest on Dartmoor and it shows certain similarities to that of Staldon in its design and construction. Another connection …

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Budleigh Cross

Budleigh Cross

Budleigh Bridge or as the Ordnance Survey would have it: One Mill Bridge, lies just to the south-east of Moretonhampstead. As Dartmoor’s bridges go the actual structure is nothing to write home about and most people probably don’t pay it much attention. However, back in 1959 it was reported my …

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Brisworthy Circle

Brisworthy Circle

‘The circle is one of the finest on Dartmoor, although the Grey Wethers and Scar Hill (Scorhill) are larger specimens. The diameter is about 80ft (24.38m)  and it consists of twenty four stones; originally all except three lay prostrate on the ground, until the summer of 1909, when Mr. R. …

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Bone, The

Bone, The

Perched just above the little valley known as Drizzlecombe or Thrushelcombe is what in some circles is known, for reasons that will become clear, as ‘The Bone‘. This is one of three menhirs (standing stones) associated with the scheduled Drizzlecombe ceremonial complex and itself is part of a feature consisting …

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Blackaton Cross

Blackaton Cross

Sat beside what is now a track leading to the China Clay workings is a lone solitary granite cross. The surrounding land is a palimpsest of prehistoric ritual and modern industrial landscapes of which the latter has sadly obliterated much of the former. The cross is actually marked on the …

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Bennett’s Cross

Bennett's Cross

Bennett’s Cross – why, because somebody pinched his pasty! Well hardly, Bennett’s Cross in an ancient, granite wayside cross that sits just beside the B3212 near the Warren House Inn. This particular cross always appears to be in agony, its form somehow resembling a small man twisted up with arthritis. …

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Bellever Roundhouse

Bellever Roundhouse

It is said that ‘An ill wind blows no good’ but in the winter of 2006 a mighty moorland storm blasted through the Bellever Plantation skittling and snapping the conifer trees like matchsticks. So to use another saying; ‘one man’s gain is another man’s loss’ insomuch as there was undoubtedly …

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Bellever Monuments Key

Bellever Monuments Key

Some of the monuments in and around the Bellever/Laughter Tor/ Lakehead Hill area at one time each had a numbered post which related to it’s description etc. As a result of time and weather (possibly vandalism)  some still have their number posts in-situ and some have lost them. Either way …

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Bellever Complex

Bellever 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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