Dartmoor through the Ages

The scheme is helping people to reveal how our ancestors lived and worked on Dartmoor. Projects involve people in research, archaeology and the conservation of some of our most important heritage assets.

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In the footsteps of the Victorians

This project will research the history of the Wray Valley and the surrounding area on the eastern edge of Dartmoor during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

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Moor Medieval

A parish based project to develop understanding about medieval life and to explore the effect that early farming had on the landscape of Dartmoor over more than a thousand years.

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Unveiling the Bronze Age landscape of the High Moor and Forests

The project aims to improve understanding of and to promote the internationally important Bronze Age landscape on Dartmoor.

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Higher Uppacott: A Dartmoor Longhouse

Higher Uppacott is a grade I listed longhouse with early - mid 14th century origins where the lower-end shippon remains intact. This designated heritage asset has international significance and is emblematic of Dartmoor’s medieval farming built heritage.

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Hameldon WWII Bomber Crash: Archaeological Survey

A project to investigate why an aircraft heading back from France to Lincolnshire in 1941 crashed on Dartmoor.

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Related Articles

Discovering the Dartmoor Story of Tinworking

DTRG volunteers have been working very hard on improvements to the Brimpts Tin Mines Trail and our project is going very well indeed!! Things are moving along very nicely, so well done to all! MTMTE funded 8 pop up display panels which were completed in June, and have been taken to seven events, and been seen by over 700 people! They are currently on display in our new display room at Brimpts Farm, which is bigger and brighter. The new room had been used as a store so the first job was to clear and empty it. Then we painted the new display stands, which on a hot day, was hard work for all who came along. Since then we have cleared vegetation from behind the room, finished the painting and it all looks very smart indeed! We have now got four models, three from Mike Wright and one from Chris Kelland, these provide a real focus to what is on display.

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Potter's Walk Improvements

Existing trails at Fernworthy Reservoir are being upgraded; which will allow access to some parts of the Lake to those who are less agile. Kit Hancock, South West Lakes Trust local Warden, visited Fernworthy last Friday to check the progress of the contractors, ‘Landmarc’, who are undertaking the work. Kit said, “It is great to see Potter’s Walk almost complete and usable again. This short, lakeside walk has always been popular with many people. Landmarc are a good company to have on the job as they have been only too willing to work with us and the Park to protect hut circles near the trail and keep things neat and tidy as they go, which will help the path naturalise quickly.” Looking ahead they will shortly be working on reinstating the permissive footpath through the felled woodland and woodland to the bird hide; then making the path and steps below the dam easier to negotiate. Apart from the odd stream crossing, boardwalk improvements and soft spot, everything else between the bird hide right round to the dam will be kept much as it is, making it easier to negotiate but without running a track right round. Potter’s Walk, which should be fully open in October, is a circular route of about ¾ of a mile, suitable for disabled users and those less agile. It has resting places and some slopes which some may require assistance. The walk is named after Sydney Potter who lived and worked at Fernworthy for over 50 years. More information about the project is available here Moor than meets the eye is also developing a Heritage Trails interactive web map to help visitors plan their visit to the moor. It will allow visitors to choose a route from a list or submit their own and will provide information about features of historic or wildlife importance.

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Celebration Event

Children from Ashburton and Moretonhampstead schools braved the elements on Tuesday to walk to one of Dartmoor’s finest beauty spots, Bonehill Rocks. They paraded banners and flags they had designed, inspired by the story of Dartmoor and their ancestors who farmed it.

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Last update: 25 Jan 2017 9:18am