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2009-01-23 14:40:35

A British expert says towns in the country with seemingly rude names, including Crapstone and Spanker Lane, were named when the words had other meanings. Ed Hurst, a co-author of the books Rude Britain and Rude UK, which document places with arguably offensive names, said England is home to towns called Crapstone, Ugley, North Piddle, Spanker Lane, Crotch Crescent, Wetwang, Slutshole Lane and Pratts Bottom, The New York Times reported Friday. Place names and street names are full of history...

2008-10-01 00:14:13

Keen walkers from Plymouth are being encouraged to sign up for the Dartmoor Challenge to raise money for charity. Marie Curie Cancer Care is looking for people to take part in the 10-mile walk across the moor. The circular route will begin at Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Community fundraiser Samantha Surridge said: "The challenge gives you the opportunity to explore areas of Dartmoor that are a bit more off the beaten track and feel that sense of achievement when you complete the challenge,...

2008-09-30 00:00:31

Keen walkers are being encouraged to sign up for the Dartmoor Challenge. Marie Curie Cancer Care is looking for people to take part in the 10-mile walk across the Devon countryside. The circular route will begin in Widecombe-in-the-Moor. People will be able to take in the breathtaking views and explore places off the beaten track. Community fundraiser Samantha Surridge said: "The challenge gives everyone the opportunity to explore areas of Dartmoor which are a bit more off the beaten...

2008-09-28 00:00:29

By STAFF REPORTER South Devon's jungle celebrity Jennie Bond was on hand to launch the new high speed tool in Devon Air Ambulance's arsenal. Its call sign G-DVAA may sound bland but the new helicopter is set to give a dramatic boost to the mercy air link from incidents to hospital across Devon. Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie from East Prawle, who raised more than pounds260,000 for the air ambulance, was its first passenger. As it landed beside its sister helicopter at...

2008-09-10 00:00:16

Hundreds of people gathered in the grounds of Thornton Abbey Gatehouse to watch a spine-chilling Illyria Theatre Company production. As sunset approached on Sunday, the spooky tale of the Hound of the Baskervilles was acted out, with the atmospheric listed building as the backdrop. A sellout crowd of more than 200 people, sat under the stars with their torches and picnic baskets, trying not to get the jitters. Members of the award-winning Illyria Theatre Company took to the stage, for...

2008-09-09 00:00:00

Pearl Isaacs, 80, grew up in Meldon near Okehampton but now lives in Alphington in Exeter. She went to school in Fowley Down from 1933, then secondary school in Okehampton. Pearl passed her 11-plus but her parents couldn't afford the equipment she would have needed to attend Okehampton's grammar school. She left school at 14 in 1942 and worked in a hotel before joining the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She has two daughters, Margaret, 50, and Elizabeth, 40. She recalled: "My father worked...

2008-08-31 00:00:22

The attraction of Devon is that West Country blend of coast and country. I love the way the farmland dovetails with open moor. And Dartmoor is the granite heart of the big, redsoil shire where the born-and-bred have Celtic roots. North of Dartmoor is the gentle upland of Exmoor. We have a Bristol Channel coast and an English Channel coast, with their estuaries, coves, popular beaches, seaside resorts and fishing villages. I never take it for granted when I follow the cider-and-pasty...

2008-08-29 00:00:36

A team of 12 from Tesco Exeter Vale will join in the Dartmoor Challenge to help raise cash for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The team will be lacing up their walking boots and walking 10 miles across the picturesque countryside. The circular route will begin in the village of Widecombe-in-the- Moor in the heart of Dartmoor. The entry fee is pounds10 per person and all participants are asked to raise a minimum of pounds100. This will help provide Marie Curie nursing care for terminally...

2008-08-28 00:00:26

One of Dartmoor's oldest country fairs is to be held on September 9. Thought to date back to the early 19th century, Widecombe Fair now attracts thousands of visitors and generates interest worldwide. This year will see sheep, cattle, horse and pony classes, a family dog show, terrier-racing, a gymkhana, sheep-shearing and many other events including the Uncle Tom Cobley Downhill Race. Village schoolchildren will give a dancing display and there will be vintage machinery, a wide range...

2008-08-20 00:00:39

Today it survives only as a name on a map, but in its time Hawkmoor Hospital at Bovey Tracey housed hundreds of patients. It had two distinct lives, firstly as a chest hospital founded in 1913 to treat people with TB and then, as this awful disease became less common, as a hospital for those with mental disability. Remote locations were often chosen as sanatoriums, the country air was cleaner than in smokey towns but there was probably also an element of not-in-my-backyard, such was the...


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Dartmoor Pony
2014-04-12 11:10:37

The Dartmoor Pony is a breed of pony from England. Bones from wild horses have been found within tombs dating back to around 3500 BC. In an investigation during the 1970s, ponies from Dartmoor were found to be domesticated as early as 1500 BC. During medieval times, Dartmoor ponies were used for carrying loads from the mines through the moor. After the mines were no longer used, the majority of the ponies were released into the moor. The remaining were used by farmers. From 1789 to...

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