Dartmoor Stories

History

First mention of Okehampton Circa 970 AD

Image of Leofric Missal : Bodleian Library, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons Vol 1 pg 109 History of Okehampton by EHY. 1931 and J Goffey 2021) Translated from the Anglo-Saxon...
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History

The Importance of Almshouses

Do you know there are fifteen almshouses in Okehampton? Where are they, what are they, and why are they so beneficial? What is an almshouse? – the recognised definition is:...
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Living on Dartmoor Work & Dartmoor

The Peat Industry on Dartmoor

Peat has been exploited on Dartmoor for centuries, both for domestic use and as a commercial product. In the 19th century, there were several attempts to produce peat on an...
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Living on Dartmoor Work & Dartmoor

Dartmoor Wool Walk

A group of strangers gathered outside the Princetown tourist information centre on a misty Sunday morning. They had one thing in common, a desire to know more about natural dyes...
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Leisure Living on Dartmoor

Squeeze Boxes on Dartmoor

Squeeze boxes are a type of traditional musical instrument that is found on Dartmoor. They are made of wood and have a bellows that is used to create the sound....
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History Military

The Military on Dartmoor

The first real involvement of the military on Dartmoor in (relatively) recent times was to guard prisoners of war in Princetown and the surrounding area. In the late eighteenth century,...
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