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Rushford Manor

Rushford Manor

There were many medieval manors on Dartmoor and Rushford is one of those timeless places where it seems time has stood still, although most of the original structures have long gone there are still vestiges that appear to last throughout time. You can literally walk in the foot steps, or …

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Roundy Pound

Roundy Pound

In 1876 the Dartmoor based antiquarian G. W. Ormerod drew up plans of some prehistoric hut circles and field system that lie a couple of miles to the west of Chagford. This normally was the kiss of death for any prehistoric site because at the time it normally was followed …

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Roundy Park

Roundy Park

As is evident from many of these pages there are hundreds of prehistoric remains on the moor. Some of them you can puzzle as to why the early settlers of the moor placed them where they did. Roundy Park and its associated settlements are the other side of the coin …

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Romans

Roman2

It is a well known fact that Exeter or Isca was at one time a Roman centre that was formed around AD 50 – 55. It is therefore surprising that there is very little evidence of them on Dartmoor especially in light of the mineral resources available on the moor. …

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Sousson’s Stone Circle

Sousson's Stone Circle

Drive up past Ephraim’s Pinch and you will arrive at what must be the most accessible Bronze Age relic on Dartmoor, it is literally 20 yards from the road. In the summer the small stone circle becomes a favourite picnic spot but in winter it is a magical place to …

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Riddon Ridge

Riddon Ridge

I don’t know why I’m doing this page apart from the fact that Riddon Ridge holds that something special, can’t say what it is but there is some magnetic draw there for me. Oh, and all the various relics from times gone by that can be found there. Even the …

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Reaves

“THE GREAT CENTRAL TRACTWAY – At the meeting of the Devonshire Association at Tavistock, in August 1889, Mr. Robert Burnard afforded some additional and very interesting information about this ancient road. He stated that he had succeeded in tracing it for a distance of seventeen or eighteen miles… He was …

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Quintin’s Man

Quintin's Man

Just under a mile away from the old ruined farm of Teignhead is Quintin’s or Quinter’s Man which today consists of a ruined cairn. Several years ago, an elderly gentleman who lived  outside Chagford related a story his grandfather used to tell him as a boy. Sometime in the late …

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Pulpit, The

Pulpit, The

I can clearly remember the day I first went in search of ‘The Pulpit’ as it was just after I began letterboxing, I had come across what was then (and still is today) one of the best letterbox stamps I had ever seen. It was a rubber cut stamp depicting …

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Pounds

Pounds

The Dartmoor Pounds, sounds like a family fortune but in fact they were very much features of a long gone era on Dartmoor. Normally it would be easy enough to talk about pounds or enclosures for impounding stray livestock, however in the case of Dartmoor there are several interpretations of …

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