Ring of Bells, Gutted by Fire to Reopen
Dec01

Ring of Bells, Gutted by Fire to Reopen

Article & Photographs by Mike Rego One of Dartmoor’s most loved pubs, the Ring of Bells in North Bovey, is to reopen this month almost 2 years after the calamitous fire in January 2016 that saw it reduced to an empty shell. The fire broke out in the roof space during the morning of January 13th and saw the main part of the Grade II listed, 13th century pub devastated by flames in just a few hours, despite the efforts of more than...

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£819m in parking fine profit for councils
Dec01

£819m in parking fine profit for councils

Profits from parking fines and tickets have swelled council coffers by 10 per cent in a year, reaching a high of £819 million, research has found. The money was generated from the on and off-street parking activities of the 353 local authorities in England during the 2016/17 financial year, research found. It represents a 10 percent leap on the 2015/16 surplus of £744 million. Income was up six percent and costs rose two percent in...

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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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