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Aspects Of Dartmoor

Common Land

Common Land

“Common Land – Unenclosed wasteland, forest and pasture used in common by the community.“ English Heritage NMR Monument Type Thesaurus Commons are by no means unique to Dartmoor they can be found all over the country and at one time played a vital role in most people’s lives. In many …

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Clotted Cream

Clotted Cream

“Sweeter than the odours borne on southern gales, Comes the clotted nectar of my native vales – Crimped and golden crusted, rich beyond compare, Food on which a goddess evermore would fare. Burns may praise his haggis, Horace sing of wine, Hunt his Hybla-honey, which he deem’d divine, But in …

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Clapper Bridges

Clapper Bridges

‘The Clappers of Dartmoor‘ sounds very much it should be followed by the “Bells of St. Martin’s” but in this instance it refers to a type of bridge found on the moor and in other upland areas of Britain. One thing Dartmoor is not lacking is rivers, streams and leats …

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Clam Bridges

Associated Names OS Grid Reference Comments Name     Becky Falls Clam SX 7633 8007   Clam Bridge SX 7672 8109   Fairy Clam SX 6416 7250 AKA Swincombe Clam Highdown Clam SX 5319 8670   Lustleigh Clam SX 7670 8110 Now redundant Lydford Mill Clam SX 5140 8499   …

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Cider

Allspice, Barum Beauty, Beech Bearer, Beef Apple, Bickington Grey, Billy Down Pippin, Bowden’s Seedling, Brown’s Apple, Butterbox, Devon Crimson, Devonshire Redstreake, Devonshire Striped, Devonshire Whitesour, Docker’s Devonshire, Ellis Bitter, Endsleigh Beauty, Fair Maid of Devon, Farmer’s Glory, Golden Bittersweet, Hollow Core, Johnny Voun, Limberland, Listener, Lucombe’s Pine, Lucombe’s Seedling, Malor, …

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Church Houses

Church Houses

‘Hath not the diuell (Devil) hys Chapell close adioning God’s Church?‘ Nash 1593 It has been said that there was at one time a church house in every ancient parish of this country and by 1961 G. W. Copeland had identified at least 64 in Devon, (Copeland, 1961, p119). The …

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Church Bells

Church Bells

“The Bells and Chimes of Motherland, Of England green and old, That out from grey and ivied tower A thousand years have toll’d; How heavenly sweet their music is As breaks the hallow’d day And calleth, with Seraph’s Voice A nation up to prey!“ Arthur Cleveland Coxe – 1849. Dartmoor …

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Charcoal Burners

Charcoal Burners

“The charcoal burner has tales to tell. He lives in the forest, alone in the forest, He sits in the forest, alone in the forest, And rabbits come up and they give him good morning, And rabbits come up and say, ‘Beautiful morning’, And the moon swings clear of the …

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Bye Laws

And when Moses came down from the mount Sinai, he held the two tables of the byelaws of Dartmoor. Whilst in the throws of research I had cause to read the byelaws that apply to the Dartmoor National Park and was amazed at what is listed in them. Perceivably many …

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Bullseyes Stones

Bullseyes Stones

“Bull’s Eye – A stone set in the bank of a leat having a hole drilled to release water from the leat into a branch channel. It can be stopped at will with a turf.”, Hemery, 1983. p.28. Along many of the Dartmoor leats sit a variety of Bullseye Stones …

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