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Ungrateful Farmer

Ungrateful Farmer

A small farmer once lived in a secluded farmstead on the moors. He barely managed scrape a meagre living for himself and his family. He cultivated a few acres of corn but the yields were low and the fields full of weeds. He ran a few head of cattle on …

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UFO’s Face

UFO's Face

It is believed that the first feet to set foot upon Dartmoor were those of the Mesolithic hunter gatherers who were foraging for food. But whilst reading a Dartmoor web forum I noticed a posting from ‘Number 70’ which pointed out a very strange phenomenon which can only be seen …

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UFOs

UFOs

Imagine going for a family walk on Dartmoor, the skies are clear, the birds singing and all is well with the world. In the distance you spot what seems to be a herd of ponies which all appear to be lying down. You decide to investigate and on  approaching not …

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Two Maids

Two Maids

What happened was, about three hundred years ago there were two maids; Molly and Polly. Both worked on a large farm on the edge of Dartmoor and both shared a secret. Now the two girls were as different as furze and fuzz, Polly was happy and hard working and Molly …

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Tulip Garden

Tulip Garden

What happened was, long ago you had two choices, you were either kind and friendly to the piskies or you were mean and nasty towards them. They in turn would either return the kindness or give better than they got – either way the choice was yours. It so happened …

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Tucker Stone

Tucker Stone

“Squire Tucker purchased Natsworthy, And hath improved it very much” Jonas Coaker 1876 Now you see me, now you don’t – this very much sums up the history of the ‘Tucker Stone’ which today can be found peacefully residing in the church at Widecombe. The stone is a simple tablet …

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True Love

True Love

True Love Elizabeth had started working at Wheal Betsy when she was 10 years old and she knew she fell in love with him then. He had shown her how to sort and wash different ores and had been so kind to her. When his gentle brown eyes fixed on …

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Toad Woman

Toad Woman

If you pass through the tiny moorland village of North Bovey today you will see a tranquil village green upon which stands an ancient granite cross, a splendid old inn and some rustic cottages nestled around a fine church. There are many descriptives that come to mind when viewing this …

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Thornworthy Thrift

Thornworthy Thrift

Nestled below the rocky eminence of Thornworthy Tor once lived two families, to all accounts they were ‘blow ins’ or in other words, “bain’t frum around yer”. They lived in two ramshackle tinners huts which lay in a small combe below the farm of Thornworthy. Although the two families knew …

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Teign Tragedy

Teign Tragedy

On March the 21st 1829 a party of huntsmen and their dogs were hot on th trail of an old moor fox up near the head of the river Teign. A more barren and desolate tract of land would be hard to find, all around lay peat hags and gullys …

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