Folkmoor: The Maypole
May06

Folkmoor: The Maypole

1922 © The Lustleigh Community Archive ‘Right well aloft, and high ye beare your head,As ye would beare the great shaft of Cornhill’ So wrote Geoffrey Chaucer in reference to the maypole which used to be found at the church of St Andrew Undershaft in London. This pole was so well known in its day that the name of the church actually derives from the shaft of the pole which was set up opposite each May Day. When not in use, the maypole...

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Hitories & Mysteries: “I am not indeed the man I said I was.” Perkin Warbeck and the Siege of Exeter
May02

Hitories & Mysteries: “I am not indeed the man I said I was.” Perkin Warbeck and the Siege of Exeter

Perkin Warbeck in the pillory 1497 was a turbulent year in the South West. June had seen the Cornish Rebellion against new taxes being levied by Henry VII, while September and October saw a short, unexpected siege on the city of Exeter, followed by a month-long visit from Henry himself. Both of these events were linked to one man whose very existence was problematic for Henry – Perkin Warbeck, a young Flemish man in his late teens,...

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Government aims to boost mobile connectivity in rural areas
May01

Government aims to boost mobile connectivity in rural areas

In a statement issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Government is proposing law changes in an ongoing effort to improve connectivity for people who live, work and travel in rural areas. The reforms will remove one of the biggest barriers to better mobile telephone coverage in the countryside by reducing build time and costs for new infrastructure while protecting rural areas, thus minimising any...

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Folkmoor: Y is for… Yar Tor
Apr23

Folkmoor: Y is for… Yar Tor

© Chris Saville Back in the summer, I wrote about Dartmoor’s famous Lych Way and the Coffin Stone that can be found on the slopes of Yartor Down. That is not the only interesting artefact in the area, however; the slopes of Yar Tor and nearby Corndon Tor and Corndown Down are littered with tantalising glimpses into our distant past. Heading north from the parking area at the foot of Yartor Down and crossing the road, one is...

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South Devon Railway secures second round  of grant funding from Government
Apr21

South Devon Railway secures second round of grant funding from Government

Leaving Buckfastleigh station – photographs © Chris Saville The South Devon Railway (SDR) has announced that its recent Second Round bid application to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) ‘Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage’ (CRFH) for financial support has been successful. The SDR will now receive a CRFH Round 2 grant of £165,900, all of which will help the seven-mile former GWR branch line recover from the...

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Protecting Dartmoor from its own popularity – Solving the problems of overuse and abuse: Part 2
Apr21

Protecting Dartmoor from its own popularity – Solving the problems of overuse and abuse: Part 2

Dartmoor is enjoyed by many but is also a working landscape and a fragile environment that we should all take care to protect by minimising the impact © Mike Rego By Mike Rego In Part 1 in the previous edition of The Moorlander, (Issue 121, published Friday 2nd April), we summarised some of the initial problems created by recent increases in visitor numbers to Dartmoor National Park, exacerbated by the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown...

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