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Buckfast Wine

Buckfast Wine

For centuries the Benedictine monks have produced some fine brews such as the famous ‘Benedictine’ liqueur’ which was produced in 1510. The liqueur is said to be a secret blend of brandy and 27 plants and spices so clearly the monks know a thing or two about blending. In 1862 …

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Bridges

Bridges

It will come as no startling revelation that a place such as Dartmoor with all its rivers, streams, brooks, leats and to some extent railways and other man-made obstacles will have numerous ways of crossing them. Ever since man set foot upon the moor there has been a need to …

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Bogs & Mires

Bogs & Mires

You aren’t a Dartmoor ‘aficionado until you have ended up at least knee deep in a stinking bog or mire, it’s what the place is all about. From the terrifying ‘Grimpen Mire‘ of Sherlock Holmes’s fame to the real nightmare of Raybarrow Pool, bogs and mires abound on Dartmoor. But …

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Blowing Stones

Blowing Stones

The Blowing Stone is another of the ‘Dartmoor Gems’, there is not really a legend about it but more of a tradition, hence its inclusion. The story goes back to the time of the Venville Men and their rights. In 1382 at a court held at Lydford castle it was …

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Belstone Stocks

Belstone Stocks

Belstone is one of those small moorland villages where you can spend hours walking around and discovering little curiosities hidden in every nook and cranny. One of the more obvious features are the stocks which are sat by the village green where they testify to punishments of years gone by. …

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Beer

Beer

It seems a fair assumption that with all the cider drunk in Devonshire beer consumption would be lower than other areas but this was not so. Old farm inventories for Devon show that there were 30 references to cider but 68 to beer and beer making. It must be remembered …

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Beehive Huts

Beehive Huts

In the general sense the word ‘beehive hut‘ generally refers to the secular ‘beehive’ shaped huts in which the monks of Ireland, Scotland and parts of England lived. The term can also apply to the beehive shaped musgum mud-built huts in which the indigenous people of Cameroon live in. All …

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Bee Boles

Bee Boles

To this day if you look carefully around some of the old Dartmoor farms you will see what look like small cupboards made of granite. They are either built into or alongside a wall and will consist of anything from one to eight small recesses or niches, each with a …

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Bees

Bees

Walk up amongst the heather on a hot summer’s day and the moor will literally buzz with the noise of bees busily collecting pollen. With such an abundance it is hardly surprising that Dartmoor folk fully utilised this resource and that the bee has found itself firmly embedded in tradition …

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Beams & Gerts

Beams & Gerts

Having recently just completed a webpage on the ‘Pits of Dartmoor‘ it does seems logical to follow it with a page on the Beams and Gerts of Dartmoor. Mainly due to the fact that both beams and gerts began life as pits before they actually formed. I must admit it …

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