Meet Dartmoor’s Twins
Nov16

Meet Dartmoor’s Twins

Whenever you drive into a town or village across the country, chances are they are ‘twinned’ with some far-flung place somewhere around the world. However, there are some people who don’t know much about their twinned town(s) and there are visitors that only get a fleeting glimpse of the name as they drive past the sign. Over the next few editions, The Moorlander will take one of our beloved towns and seek to discover more about our...

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The Dartmoor Devil celebrates its 25th birthday
Nov16

The Dartmoor Devil celebrates its 25th birthday

The Dartmoor Devil – a 106km iconic, and extremely tough, cycle ride – celebrated its 25th event last month. The ride has taken place every year since 1993 and sees riders scale the heights of some of the moor’s toughest hills and plummet to the depths of its deepest valleys. Its famous ‘finishing leg’ has a triple helping of hills, with the climbs at Dartmeet, Ponsworthy and Widecombe coming consecutively in the last...

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The Englishman who taught Brazil to play football
Nov16

The Englishman who taught Brazil to play football

Watching the football friendly match between England and Brazil the other day reminds me of a story I found during the 1998 World Cup. I came across a story about a chap called Charles Miller, he was a railway engineer and a rather good footballer who played for St Mary’s (now Southampton FC). In 1894 Charles got posted to São Paulo in Brazil to build a railway, with him he took two footballs, a pair of football boots, a pump and a...

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The Reich-move for Hitler
Nov16

The Reich-move for Hitler

A Devon house, built in the shape of a swastika, was reputedly destined to be Adolf Hitler’s home, a historian has claimed. The house, north of Dartmoor, was supposed to be the dictator’s house once he had conquered Great Britain. The 16-room mansion – Knowstone Manor – was built in the 1930s by a German bachelor who lived there alone with his housekeeper. However, the house burned down in the 1960s. A bungalow on the...

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Okehampton jobs boost
Nov16

Okehampton jobs boost

There is going to be a new pet food manufacturer in Okehampton, bringing 25 new jobs to the area. There is currently a new £8m premises being built at the Okehampton East Business Park, which will be home to Forthglade, who are moving from Winkleigh. The company, which manufactures natural pet food, is launching a recruitment drive for roles with technical/quality, engineering and production as well as supervisory roles. The current...

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