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Gamekeeper Verse

Gamekeeper Verse

As always, whilst searching for something else I came across this verse called ‘The Moorland Gamekeeper‘ written in 1886. On March the 9th of that year it was addressed to Mr. W. French, jnr. who at that time was in the employ of Dr. Blackall of Exeter. This was the …

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Foxes Prophecy

Foxes Prophecy

I came across this poem about twenty years ago and was totally amazed with what is had to say but then lost it, now I have found it again. Considering these words were written in 1871 it’s astounding how much they ring true today, clearly a prophecy if I have …

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Forest of Dartmoor Verse

Forest of Dartmoor Verse

Dartmoor has always held an air of mystery with its rugged tors, gurgling streams and wild landscape which makes it an ideal place for legends. There are several stories of King Arthur around the moor and it does not take much imagination to place him and his knights battling evil …

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Field Archaeology of Dartmoor Book

Field Archaeology of Dartmoor Book

Sometime last year the online book seller Amazon listed a forthcoming title called ‘The Field Archaeology of Dartmoor‘ whose author was Phil Newman. On many occasions I have come across his work as a former field archaeologist with the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments and English Heritage. Whenever researching a …

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F. H. Starkey

F. H. Starkey

If you walk out to Teignhead Farm the chances are that you will cross the North Teign river by the main clapper bridge. However if one was to walk about 100 yards downstream you will come to a small clapper bridge and on the eastern bank is a small boulder …

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Eleanor Ludgate

Eleanor Ludgate

Eleanor Ludgate has been drawing and painting since the age of three and has always had a particular interest in nature. She was born in Surrey where she grew up in an artistic family. Her grandfather, father, uncles, aunts, cousins and brother all were talented artists and therefore it was …

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Eden Phillpotts

Eden

Every part of Britain had a champion author, Wessex had Hardy, Yorkshire had Bronte and Dartmoor had Eden Phillpotts. He was/is a very elusive and multi-talented person who, in my opinion had the gift of portraying the landscape, people and spirit of Dartmoor better than any other writer. Apart from …

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Devil Comes to Dartmoor Book

Devil Comes to Dartmoor Book

Paperback: 208 pages Publisher: The History Press Ltd Language: English ISBN-10: 0752461117 ISBN-13: 978-0752461113 Price: £9.99 For centuries people have been telling the story of (see here – Lady Howard) and her infamous hauntings in and around Dartmoor and as with any legend there is always a modicum of truth …

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Dartmeet Verse

Dartmeet Verse

STANZAS – WRITTEN AT DARTMEET, ON DARTMOOR. By Darts’ blue wave the Harp is still, No echo, save the billow’s roar, Is heard from Sherber’s rugged hill To wind along its forest-shore; And where twofold streams roll down, While flashing round yon roughened fell; Through whistling oaks, and sedges brown, …

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Dartmoor Night

Dartmoor Night

September 22nd 2012 – the Autumn Equinox, nights are now drawing in which reminded me of this poem by Eden Phillpotts. Many has been the time when I have outstayed my welcome out on Dartmoor and found myself walking back in the dark. I love watching the moor change its …

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