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Crossroads

Crossroads

When is a cross not a cross? simple, when it’s a Dartmoor Cross. As with many things on the moor – nothing is as it ever seems. The ‘cross’ in this context simply denotes a  junction of three or more roads/lanes. There are well over 200 specific named cross’ on …

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Crooks

Crooks

Today if you drive down any Dartmoor road you will meet vans and lorries delivering the many necessities of life either to the villages and towns or from the various business on the moor. There is nothing more frustrating than getting stuck behind such a vehicle especially on the steep …

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Cream Teas

Cream Teas

I wonder how many people reading this page have gone for a trip up to Dartmoor and rounded the day in search (and consumption) of a traditional Devon Cream Tea? I must confess I am not one that normally will tuck into a warm scon, cream and jam but when …

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County Stones

County Stones

The County or ‘C’ Stones of Dartmoor are often overlooked as a feature of Dartmoor roads. They are always found near the major bridges of the moor and originally would have consisted of a pair of stone pillars incised with the letter ‘C’ which denoted the word ‘County’. Today many …

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Corpse Roads

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“Now it is the time of night, That the graves all gaping wide, Every one lets forth his sprite, In the church-way paths to glide.” Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As Halloween approaches what better time to reflect on Dartmoor’s corpse roads and the superstitions that are firmly attached …

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Corpse Candles

Corpse Candles

I am currently and apparently belatedly starting work on my MA dissertation which is concerned with Dartmoor’s Lych Way which at one time was a corpse road. During the research I somehow managed to get side-tracked down the route of corpse candles which I am sure will not suit an …

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Corners

Corners

Somebody recently asked why there are so many corners marked on the Ordnance Survey map of Dartmoor and admittedly it was a fact that I had not previously given much thought to. But then I looked at my database of Dartmoor names and saw that there were over 80 entries …

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Corn Dollys

Corn Dollys

For as long as I can remember there has always been a corn dolly hanging on the home mantelpiece, first as a child living with my parents and now in my own home. I can’t say I ever paid them much heed just that as with the Christmas decorations they …

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Cotts

Cotts

Every now and again I allow myself the luxury of imagining I have won the National Lottery and then browsing through the property pages of the Devon Life Magazine. There age pages of glossy moorland cottages all with totally surreal blue skies and colourful gardens, each one labelled with a …

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Consumption

Consumption

Many of the pages on this website bear reference to the one-time remoteness of Dartmoor and the problems this caused when sickness visited a household. The poverty of many of the moor folk often meant that they could not afford proper medical attention and had to resort to traditional cures …

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