A Guide to DEVON

 

St Pancras: Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Dating mainly from the 14th century, St Pancras possesses a fine granite tower 135 feet high which was paid for by prosperous local tin miners. The rood screen depicts an unusual story: during a service in 1638 the church was struck by lightning, toppling a pinnacle, and many in the congregation were killed by a ball of fire which swept through the choir.

St Urith: Chittlehampton. This unusually named church is dedicated to a local saint (also known as Hieritha) who was murdered by pagan villagers. Her holy well is in the village.

St Wystan: Repton. The architecture of St Wystan covers five centuries, though it was originally a Saxon foundation. The chancel and crypt survive from that era, more at this link.

Ancient Sites, Museums and Recreation

Dartington Crystal: Dartington. See how Dartington Crystal is created in the factory, learn about the history, fashion and colour of glass and take away some mementoes from the factory shop.

 

21. Grimspound near Moretonhampstead

 

Grimspound: near Moretonhampstead. A hauntingly evocative site, Grimspound is one of Dartmoor’s most famous prehistoric settlements. Dating from the Bronze Age, it comprises the remains of 24 huts in an area of four acres.

Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village: near Manaton. In a stark but beautiful Dartmoor setting, the remains of the dwellings, stables and grain stores of three or four medieval farmsteads weather the centuries. They were originally occupied as long ago as the Bronze Age.

!Cents Cavern Showcaves: Torquay. A spectacular tour through half a mile of underground passages and chambers. Guides recount the adventures of the animals and people who visited the caves over half a million years.

Museum of Dartmoor Life: Okehampton. Housed in a Regency mill with a working waterwheel and cobbled courtyard outside, this museum tells the story of the people who lived and worked on Dartmoor from earliest times to the present day.

Accommodation

Court Barn Country House Hotel: Clawton, near Holsworthy. This Victorian manor house occupies a site once owned by King James I. If you plan to visit it check this site.The comfortable en suite bedrooms offer attractive rural views over five acres of grounds and the restaurant, serving cordon bleu dinners, is furnished with antiques. Dartmoor, Exmoor and the sandy bays and cliffs of the north Devon coast are nearby, and shooting breaks can also be arranged. Price guide: From £46 per person, dinner, bed and breakfast.

Easton Court Hotel: Easton Cross, near Chagford. A lovely thatched Tudor house, Easton Court has many historic and literary connections: Evelyn Waugh wrote Brideshead Revisited whilst staying here, and there is a superb library for guests to enjoy. All seven bedrooms are en suite and candle-lit dinners in the restaurant are a speciality. Dartmoor is “on the doorstep,” while Castle Drogo and Exeter are short journeys away. Price guide: Double from £58 per person, dinner, bed and breakfast; single from £50.

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