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Aspects Of Dartmoor

Moors

Moors

“I am going to Dartmoor,” simple statement but if one wanted to be really pedantic the reply should be; “which one?” Sounds silly? well actually no, although everybody thinks of Dartmoor as being the 368 square miles much of which is encompassed by the Dartmoor National Park it’s not. ‘Dartmoor’ …

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Dartmoor Newtakes

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One thing Dartmoor is not short of is walls and another thing is stone with which to build them, there must be literally hundreds of miles of walling across the moor. It is also surprising how deep into remote areas the walls extend and are a true testament to the …

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Moor Train Challenge

Moor Train Challenge

Back in 1955 three young National Service men were travelling from Yelverton to Princetown on the train which was nearing the remote stop of  Ingra Tor Halt. Back then as far as train halts went this was really remote, so much so the following has been noted: “The loneliness and …

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Mists

Mists

“Dartmoor is very high, and a cloud need stoop very little to clasp the Moor to its clammy bosom.” Probably the most feared aspect of Dartmoor is the dreaded mists, they can appear without warning and blanket the moor in an impenetrable and visionless cloak, catching the unwary and occasionally …

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Manaton Storm

Manaton Storm

On the 13th of December 1779 a massive thunder storm swept across the eastern moor and no this was not a Friday it was a Monday. Just like the infamous Widecombe Storm of 1638 this one headed straight for the church but as this particular deluge fell on a Monday …

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Lydford Pennies

Lydford Pennies

Take a walk down through Lydford and you will see a street sign that says, “Silver Street” which might seen a trifle odd – see ill. 1 here. But the very name is an indicator to exactly how important the settlement of Lydford once was. Why should the street be …

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Lydford Law

Lydford Law

Lydford Law not only became a Dartmoor tradition, its fame spread nationwide and became synonymous for meaning ‘unfair justice’. Probably one of the best descriptions of what Lydford Law was comes in prosaic form from the Tavistock poet – William Browne: “I oft have heard of Lydford Law, How in …

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Lustleigh Tomes

Lustleigh Tomes

“Where there is a will there is a way,” – a sentiment that a onetime Reverend of Lustleigh firmly believed in and demonstrated admirably. William Davy was born on the 4th of March 1743 in Tavistock and throughout his childhood he demonstrated great skills in mechanics and engineering. He received …

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Lost Liberator

Lost Liberator

Sadly there are many World War II aircraft crash sites on Dartmoor but one of the most puzzling was that of an American PB4Y-1 Liberator that went down on the 28th of December 1943 killing all ten of the crew. The bomber was returning to it’s base at Dunkeswell and …

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Longhouses

Longhouses

The prehistoric farmers on Dartmoor lived in roundhouses located within small settlements or pounds, by the medieval period the farmers of Dartmoor had moved to what was known as Longhouses. These were small, oblong, one storied buildings that housed both the farmer and his livestock. Although not exclusive to Dartmoor …

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