Dartmoor Stories

Living on Dartmoor History

Early Vicars of Okehampton

At the meeting of the Devonshire Association at Okehampton in 1925, Mr T Cann Hughes read a paper on the Post Reformation Vicars. These notes deal with them before the...
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Living on Dartmoor History

Piskies – Are You A Believer?

Ever since visitors have been arriving to experience and enjoy Dartmoor, those with a nose for business have been selling them lucky piskies in all shapes and sizes. But why...
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Living on Dartmoor Leisure

I Am a Cider Drinker!

A recent acquisition for our museum collection is a wonderful, small cider barrel. Just as today we may carry around a water bottle to refresh ourselves when we are out...
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Work & Dartmoor Living on Dartmoor

Safety First

On the first floor of the Museum, under a perspex box for protection, is an item that itself was used for protection.  This woven wicker and leather helmet came to...
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Living on Dartmoor Nature

Dartmoor Under the Microscope

On the back stairs of the Museum, in a collector’s cabinet, is a small brass microscope. In the Museum’s archive we discovered a box of microscope slides that had been...
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Living on Dartmoor History

A Touch of the Vapours

This expression is often used today when being melodramatic or just for comedic effect, but for centuries it was associated with many different conditions that mainly affected women. Smelling salts...
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