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The Fox’s Prophecy Poem.

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The Fox’s Prophecy was written in 1871 by D. W. Nash and presented to the then master of the Ledbury Hounds. It the respect of Dartmoor it bears no relation but when Dartmoor is taken as part of the United Kingdom it very much reflects our times. It is eerie …

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ASC Photography.

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How often when one is browsing the internet does a stunning photograph of a Dartmoor landscape appear which either makes you think “I wish I’d taken that,” or “wow I must visit that place.”? I would suggest that happens quite often and the chances are that some of those photographs …

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Wistmans Wood verse

Wistmans Wood verse

Wistman’s Wood There’s eeriness in Wistman’s Wood, Where stealthy shadows slowly creep About the boles of moaning trees. There’s terror where the foaming stream Streaks all the gorge with ghostly light, And creaking willows toss their arms Naked and lean against the flood. There’s mourning on the bleak hillside, And …

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Windypost Verse

Windypost Verse

THE WINDY POST. Lonely there, betwixt moor and sky, Where great grey clouds go drifting by, And the peewit utters her plaintive cry, The windy post stands silently. A little old cross on the windy heather, Roughly hewn out of granite gray, Fretted and worn by the wind and the …

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Widdecombe Fair

Widdecombe Fair

Tom Pearce. Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare, All along, down along, out along lee, For I want for to go to Widdecombe Fair, Wi’ Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan’l Whiddon, Harry Hawk, old uncle Tom Cobley and all, old Uncle Tom Cobley and all. …

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Two Apprentices verse

Two Apprentices verse

The incident which the following lines describe occurred in the winter of 1820 and involves two farm apprentice boys who became lost in a snow-storm whilst travelling across Dartmoor. It is very similar to the story of the Brad Stones and may well refer to the same lads. Ye who …

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Tors & Rocks Book

Tors & Rocks Book

Author – Ken Ringwood ISBN 978-1-84102-361-8 Publishers- University of Plymouth Press Price – £15 To write any book is definitely a labour of love, often with little reward especially if it’s on the subject of Dartmoor and here is a book that has taken several years to compile. It is …

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Thomas Rowden

Thomas Rowden

Dartmoor has over the centuries inspired numerous poets, authors and artists but there is one particular artist that was not only inspired by the landscape but by the livestock who grazed upon it. Anybody who is familiar with the music of Gordon Lightfoot will probably know his song, “The Pony …

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Thomas A Falcon

Thomas A Falcon

Sitting on my league two shelf of Dartmoor books is a forlorn and rapidly disintegrating red book, its spine slowly rotting away. The only redeeming feature about it is the golden engraved picture of Spinster’s Rock on its cover. Inside the first page, in fading ink, are the words; “Dr. …

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Song of the Moor 2

Song of the Moor 2

On a rather upbeat note for a change here is a verse/song that comes from Sabine Baring Gould’s – ‘A Book of the West’. As can be seen there is no mention of the dreary aspects of Dartmoor. Here are the thoughts of a true Dartmoor lover laid out in …

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