GENUKI Home page up Devon ContentsContents & Search upGeneral information
 

DARTMOOR

Map of the area
Select map to view Forest
boundaries in detail.
Though Dartmoor Forest lies wholly within Lydford, the general area now known as Dartmoor can be regarded as consisting of the parishes of Ashburton, Belstone, Bridford, Buckfastleigh, Buckland in the Moor, Buckland Monachorum, Chagford, Cornwood, Dean Prior, Drewsteignton, Dunsford, Gidleigh, Harford, Hennock, Holne, Ilsington, Lustleigh, Lydford, Manaton, Mary Tavy, Meavy, Moretonhampstead, North Bovey, Okehampton, Peter Tavy, Sampford Spiney, Shaugh Prior, Sheepstor, Sourton, South Brent, South Tawton, Throwleigh, Ugborough, Walkhampton, Whitchurch, and Widecombe in the Moor.

General information about the Dartmoor area which cannot be conveniently allocated to Lydford or to another of the above parishes is given here.

General Information

Archives and Libraries

Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton, web-site.

The Dartmoor Trust's Dartmoor Archive Project.

Bibliography

Listing of Dartmoor Press Publications - an extensive set of parish register and trade directory transcripts and indexes, etc., related to parishes in the Dartmoor Region.
Breton, Rev. H. Hugh. The Heart of Dartmoor, The Land of the Purple Heather and the Golden Furze, With a Memoir of the late George French, J.P., The Grand Old Man of Postbridge, Plymouth: Hoyten and Cole (1926) xvi + 103 pp.
Brown, Mike. Dartmoor: A Recommended Reading List, Dartmoor Press (2001).
Hamilton-Leggett, Peter. The Dartmoor Bibliography, 1534-1991. Devon Books (1992) 367 pp. [ISBN 0-86114-873-8] [Over 7000 references.]
Prowse, Arthur B. An index to articles on Dartmoor and its borders contained in the Transactions, vols 1 - 30. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 37, (1905) pp.482-568.
Somers Cocks, J.V. The Dartmoor Bibliography: Non-fiction. Dartmoor Preservation Society Publication No. 6. (1970) vi, 66p [ISBN 0950138606]
Somers Cocks, J.V. The Dartmoor Bibliography: Non-fiction: supplement no. 1. Dartmoor Preservation Society Publication (1974) 12p [ISBN 0950138614]
Somers Cocks, J.V. The Dartmoor Bibliography: Non-fiction: supplement no. 2. Dartmoor Preservation Society Publication (1979) 17p [Westcountry Studies Library - p016/DAR/SOM]
Return to top of page

Biography

Carrington, H.E. (Ed). The Collected Poems of the late N T Carrington, Vol. I. London: Longman & Co. Bath: H E Carrington, Devonport: W Byers (1834) xxiii, 273 pp. [Index]
Day, Kenneth F. (2002). Eden Phillpotts on Dartmoor. Liverton, Devon: Forest Publishing, 248pp., illus. [ISBN 0 9536852 5 X] [Index]
Greenstreet, Anthony. Lady Kitty Crocodile: Elizabeth Chudleigh of Hall. Dartmoor Magazine no. 51, (1998) pp.22-23: ill. [1720-]
'Jock' of Parkhurst. Dartmoor from Within, By Ex-Convict No.-, London, George Newnes (1932) 250 pp.
Phillips, E.N. Masson. Richard Hansford Worth: a personal tribute. Dartmoor Magazine no. 5, (1986) pp.14; ill. [Historian]
Starkey, Harry. Richard John King, 1818 - 1879. Dartmoor Magazine no. 15, (1989) pp.26-27; ill.
Terrell, Harry and Collier, William F. Harry Terrell, a Dartmoor Philosopher, Plymouth, William Brendon (1896) 144 pp.
Eric Hemery: a tribute. Dartmoor Magazine no. 3, (1986) pp.7; ill. [Historian]

Cemeteries

MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.

Lost Devon (Dartmoor) Monumental Inscriptions (archived copy) from Dartmoor Press.

Brown, Mike. A-Z List of Personal War Memorials & Headstones in the Dartmoor Region. Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL. 28p.
Brown, Mike. Monumental Inscriptions in Dartmoor Graveyards and Churches, vol. 1 (1996). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/DAR]
Brown, Mike. The Graveyard Explorers' Guide to Eighteenth Century Monumental Symbols, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Church History

Dartmoor's Crosses - photographs and historical accounts.

Ashworth, Edward. On certain architectural antiquities of the Forest of Dartmoor and its border churches. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 1 ser, v. 4, (1853) pp. 162-175. [Index]
Brewer, Dave. The monk of Haldon & the 'La Wallen' chapels: fact and fiction: the drawing together of the threads. Dartmoor Magazine no. 32, (1993) pp.8-9: ill.
Hesketh, Robert. Discovering Dartmoor's church houses. Dartmoor Magazine no. 50, (1998) pp.10-11: ill.
Stanbrook, Elisabeth. The building of Princetown church, Dartmoor: a unique monument to French and American prisoners of war. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 128 (1996) pp.91-100, fig, refs.
Watkin, Hugh R. The lost chapel of St. Clare at Hardness, Dartmouth. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 61, (1929) pp.219-236.
Return to top of page

Description and Travel

Dartmoor Tourist Association website - general information.

Photographs of Dartmoor, from FreePhoto.com.

Gerry Sargent's Dartmoor and West Devon site.

Barber, Chips. The Great Little Dartmoor Book, Obelisk (1988). [ISBN 0952885301] [Devon FHS Library 942.35.DAR]
Breton, Rev. H. Hugh. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. In Three Parts. Part I. Sheepstor and Its Border South-West, Plymouth: Hoyten and Cole (c1912) xvi + 87 pp.
Breton, Rev. H. Hugh. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. In Three Parts. Part III. The Southern Quarter of the Moor, Plymouth: Hoyten and Cole (c1913) xiv + 68 pp.
Breton, Rev. H. Hugh. The Heart of Dartmoor, The Land of the Purple Heather and the Golden Furze, With a Memoir of the late George French, J.P., The Grand Old Man of Postbridge, Plymouth: Hoyten and Cole (1926) xvi + 103 pp.
Brown, Mike. Transcripts of Acts & Statutes Volume 5 - 1773 Highways Act, Dartmoor Press (2001).
Burnard, Robert. Dartmoor Pictorial Records (4 vols), Plymouth, W. Brendon & Son (1893).
Crossing, William. Guide to Dartmoor: Southern and Western Section comprising: Princetown, Two Bridges, Hexworthy & Post Bridge Districts, Asburton, Brent, Ivybridge, and Cornwood Districts, and Plympton, Shaugh, Yelverton, and Dousland Districts. With Maps and Sketches, Exeter, (c191-). [Index to Part II]
Crossing, William. Guide to Dartmoor, (1965 reprint of 1912 ed.) [x] + 529pp.
Davies, Rev. E.W.L. Dartmoor Days or Scenes in the Forest: A Poem, London, Longman, Green (1863) 148 pp.
Dixon, Miss Sophie. A journal of ten days excursion on the Western and Northern borders of Dartmoor, Plymouth, Old Town: J. Williams (1830) 49 pp. [Index]
Falcon, T.A. Dartmoor Illustrated: A Series of One Hundred Full Page Plates of its Scenery and Antiquities with some short topographical notes, Exeter, (1900) 39pp. plus plates pp.
Gill, Crispin, (Ed.). Dartmoor, A New Study, Newton Abbot, (1970) 314 pp.
Gray, Todd. Dartmoor Engraved, The Mint Press (2001) 228 pp. [ISBN-10: 1903356067]
Greenstreet, Anthony. An excursion on Dartmoor, 21st-24th July 1795. Dartmoor Magazine no. 39, (1995) pp.16-17: ill.
Halloran, Josephine. A Gentleman's Travel Journal on Dartmoor in 1856. In Devon Documents (ed. T. Gray). Tiverton: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries, Special Issue (1996) [ISBN 0925836203] pp.93-97.
Harvey, L.A. and Leger-Gordon, D. St. Dartmoor, With 17 colour photographs by E.H. Ware, 36 Photographs in Black and White and 3 maps of the Area, New Naturalist (1953) xiv + 273 p.
Hemery, Eric. High Dartmoor: Land and People, (1983) xii + 1073 pp.
Hoskins, W., (Ed.). Dartmoor - National Park Guide No. 1, London, HMSO (1972) 75p., ill. [ISBN: 0117004782] [Index (to 1969 ed.)]
Le Messurier, Brian, (Ed.). William Crossing's Amid Devonia's Alps; or Wanderings & Adventures on Dartmoor, (1888) 142 pp. [Originally published 1888]
Pegg, John. Discover the Churches of Dartmoor in Town, Village and Moorland (1986). [ISBN 0950859834] [Devon FHS Library 942.35/DAR]
Pilkington-Rogers, C.W. Days on Dartmoor, London, Methuen and Co (1930) 285 pp.
[Pulman, G.P.R.] Devonshire sketches: Dartmoor and its Borders, Exeter, (1873) 136 pp. [Index to 1869 edition]
Risden, John. A Glimpse of Dartmoor Villages, Peninsula Press. 32p. ill. maps. [ISBN 1 872640 06 0]
Smith, Vian C. Portrait of Dartmoor (1972). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/DAR]
Saint Leger-Gordon, D. Under Dartmoor Hills, London, Robert Hale (1954) 216 pp.
Tait, Derek. Dartmoor Through the Year, Amberley Publishing (2013) 96 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1848683556]
Titchmarsh, Peter and Titchmarsh, Helen. Dartmoor Country by Car, Jarrold (1987) 32 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-0711702776]
Weir, John, (Ed.). Dartmoor National Park - Countryside Commission Official Guide, Webb & Bower, Exeter (1987) 128p., ill. [ISBN 0-86350-139-7]
Teignbridge from Dartmoor to the sea at Teignmouth and Dawlish, South Devon, Newton Abbot, Teignbridge (1979) [2], 108p: ill, map. [Westcountry Studies Library sB/TEI 4/1979/TEI]
Handbook to South Devon, Dartmoor, etc., Devonport, W. Wood (1850) 107, vii pp.
A New Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Dartmoor: its Tors, Antiquities & Rivers, Profusely Illustrated. (1st ed.) Ward Locke & Co. (1897) 200 pp. [Available from Archive CD]
A Pictorial and Descriptive Guide to Dartmoor including Bovey Tracey, Lustleigh, Ashburton, Moreton Hampstead, Chagford, Okehampton, Lydford, Tavistock, Yelverton, Princetown, Ivybridge, South Brent &c. (7th ed.) Ward Locke & Co. (1921). [SoG Library DE Tracts Box]

Folklore

Legendary Dartmoor - a large website devoted to Dartmoor legends, folklore, traditions, mystery, history and archaeology, provided by Tim Sandles.

Crossing, William. Folklore and Legends of Dartmoor, Forest Pub., Liverton (1997). [Devon FHS 942.35/DAR]
Leger-Gordon, Ruth E. St. The Witchcraft and Folk-Lore of Dartmoor, (1965) 192 pp.
A Lady. Dartmoor Legends and Other Poems, Exeter: William Roberts (1957) 120 pp. [Index]

Gazetteers

Mike Brown, of the Dartmoor Press, has provided a Property Index, which serves as a very useful Dartmoor Gazeteer.
Brown, Mike. The Gazetteer of Dartmoor Names (1995). [Devon FHS Library 942.35/DAR]
Brown, Mike. Gazetteer of Antiente Dertymore. IN29, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Genealogy

The original Dartmoor Press website (archived copy) provided not just details of their publications, but also a large amount of general genealogical information, and detailed information related to specific Dartmoor parishes, this latter in the form of an Online Magazine (archived copy). The Parish Chest section devoted to the Dartmoor Press provides details of currently available publications and CDs.
Brown, M. The Devon Family History Researcher's Essential Mini-Guide to Dartmoor Region Monumental Inscriptions, Surname Distributions and Parish Registers. The Author, 24 Lipson Court, Greenbank Rd., Plymouth (1997).
Brown, Mike. Dartmoor & West Devon Genealogy Index (DGI) Introduction & Surname Index, Dartmoor Press (2001).
Lega-Weekes, Ethel. The Freemans of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Bovey-Tracey etc. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 45, (1913) pp.450-454.
Stanbrook, Elisabeth. The Dolly Treble story: fact or fiction? Dartmoor Magazine no. 16, (1989) pp.16-17; ill.
Transcripts & Guides for Dartmoor Researchers, vol. 6 (1996). [SoG Library DE/PER]

Heraldry

Brown, Mike. Heraldic and Genealogical Notes from Dartmoor Churches, Pt. 1 (1997). [Devon FHS Library p929.3425]

History

Stannary Court of Devon - transcript of a letter from the Vice Warden of Devon in reply to the circular letter of the Commissioners, 1833.

Baker, Margaret Mitford. The forgotten men and their valley. Devon Life vol. 7 no. 56 (1971) pp.21. [Vitifer Mine 1524-1939]
Baring-Gould, S. (Sabine). Dartmoor Idylls. (1896) 255p.
Baring-Gould, S. (Sabine). A book of Dartmoor. London: Wildwood House,1982, 283 pp. ill. ; 22 cm. (Facsim of: ed. published London: Methuen, 1900.) ISBN: 0704504650 (pbk). [Online version]
Breton, Rev. H. Hugh. The Forest of Dartmoor, Forest Publishing (1990) Illusts, maps, two parts in one volume, 82 + (4)+ 104 + (15) pp. [Originally published in 1931 and 1932]
Brown, Mike. Guide to Dartmoor (CD-ROM), Dartmoor Press, PO Box 132, Plymouth PL4 7YL.(2001). [A splendid and very extensive compilation of information about Dartmooor and its history, largely organised by parish, complete with place-name and surname indexes, over 700 photographs, bibliography, etc.]
Burnard, R. The pack-horse on Dartmoor. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 37 (1905). [Index]
Butler, Simon. Dartmoor Century, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (2000) 160 pp. [ISBN 1855227401]
Chorley, Roy. Dartmoor in the Twenties. Dartmoor Magazine no. 5, (1986) pp.16 - 17.
Chudleigh, John. An Exploration of Dartmoor Antiquities, 1892. Pembury: John Pegg (1987) [ISBN 0950859842]
Cookworthy, William. Brisworthy. Devon Life vol. 10 no. 87 (1973) pp.49-51; ill. [China Clay Quarry, 1705-1973]
Crossing, William. From a Dartmoor Cot: Story and Tradition of the Moor. With an Introduction by Eden Phillpots., Taunton, (1906) 8 plates, iv + viii + 200 + iv pp.
Crossing, W. One Hundred Years on Dartmoor. Exeter: Devon Books (1987) 132p: ill (Reprint of original 1901 edition.)
Dymond, Robert. Historical documents relating to Dartmoor. Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 11 (1879), pp. 371-382. [Index]
Greeves, Tom. Four Devon stannaries: a comparative study of tinworking. In Tudor and Stuart Devon (1992) pp.39-74: maps, tables.
Greeves, Tom. Playing to a different tune - Dartmoor in the 1490s. Dartmoor Magazine no. 34, (1994) pp.16-18: ill.
Harris, Helen. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor - 4th ed. Newton Abbot: Peninsula Press (1992) 240p: ill, maps. [ISBN 1872640214]
Hemery, Eric. Hiistoric Dart, David and Charles, Newton Abbot (1982).
King, R.J. The Forest of Dartmoor and its Borders: An historical sketch. London: John Russell Smith (1856) xii, 138pp. [Index]
Landon, Grace. Dartmoor during the Late Medieval and Tudor Age. Dartmoor Magazine no. 4, (1986) pp.3-6; ill.
Mildren, James. Dartmoor in the old days. St Teath, Bodmin, Cornwall: Bossiney Books,1984, 120 pp. ill. ISBN: 0906456894.
Moore, Stuart A and Birkett, Percival. A Short History of the Rights of Common upon the Forest of Dartmoor and the Commons of Devon, Plymouth, The Dartmmor Preservation Committee (1890) xxxii + 181 pp.
Ormorod, G. Wareing. Esq. MA, FGS. On the hut circles of the eastern side of Dartmoor. In The Journal of the British Archaeological Association, Vol XX (1864), illus., maps, pp. 300-308. [Index]
Page, John Lloyd Warden. An Exploration of Dartmoor and its Antiquities, London, Seeley and Co. (1895) xii + 309 pp.
Quigley, Laura. The Devil Comes to Dartmoor: The Haunting True Story of Mary Howard, Devon's Demon Bride. The History Press Ltd (2011) 208pp. [ISBN 978752461113].
Return to top of page
Sayer, Sylvia. The outline of Dartmoor's story - [New ed.], Exeter, Devon Books (1987) [8], 52p: ill. [ISBN 0861148029] [Westcountry Studies Library pB/DAR 5/0001/SAY]
Somers Cocks, John and Greeves, Tom. A Dartmoor Century 1883-1983: One Hundred Years of the Dartmoor Preservation Association, Dartmoor Preservation Association, Publication No 8 (1983) 63 pp.
Starkey, F.H. Dartmoor: then and now, F.H.Starkey (1986) 84 pp. [ISBN 0950724041] [Westcountry Studies Library sB/DAR 5/0001/STA]
Trevelyan, Robert E. A Winter Remembered: Events recalling the winter of 1962-63 and its effect on the railways of Dartmoor, ARK Publications (1998) 36 pp. [ISBN-13 9781873029084] [SoG Library DE Tracts Box]
Van Der Kiste, John. Dartmoor from Old Photographs, Amberley Publishing (2010) 128 pp. [ISBN-13: 978-1848687318]
Worth, Richard Hansford. Dartmoor: 1788-1808, Trans. Devonshire Assoc., vol. 73, (1941) pp.202-225.
Worth, Richard Hansford. Worth's Dartmoor - compiled from the published works of the late R.Hansford Worth and edited by G.M.Spooner & F.S.Russell. Newton Abbot: Peninsula Press (1994) xvi, 523p. [112] pls: ill, maps. [ISBN 1872640311]
The Archaelogy of Dartmoor From the Air. Exeter: Devon Books (1985) [72]p: ill, map. [ISBN 0861147545]
Return to top of page

Land and Property

Brown, Mike. Lydford. In "Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments, Vol. 1". The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 16p.
Parsons, Hamlyn. The Dartmoor blowing-house. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 88, (1956) pp.189-196: ill.
Fox, Harold. Dartmoor's Alluring Uplands Transhumance and Pastoral Management in the Middle Ages Exeter University Press (2012) 304 pp. [ISBN 978 0 85989 865 2] [Index]
Whale, T W. Some remarks on the bounds of the Forest of Dartmoor, with special reference to the parishes of Throwleigh, Chagford and Gidleigh. Vol 25, Trans. Devon. Assoc. (1893), pp. 510-534. [Index]
Woods, Stephen. Dartmoor Farm Halsgrove (2003) 208p. [ISBN 1841142646]

Manors

Brewer, Dave. Domesday sub manors and Dartmoor. Dartmoor Magazine no. 48, (1997) pp.26-27: ill.
Fox, H.S.A. Medieval Dartmoor as seen through its account rolls. Devon Archaeol. Soc. Pr.; 52, (1994) pp.149-171: ill.
Redgrave, Paul. Longstone Manor. Dartmoor Magazine no. 37, (1995) pp.28-29: ill.

Maps

Bate, C. Spence. On the Original Map of the Royal Forest of Dartmoor, Illustrating the Perambulation of Henry III, 1240 Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 5 (1872) pp. 510-548. [Index]
Erskine, Audrey, Brian Harley and William Ravenhill. A map of 'the way to Deartemoore forest, 1609. Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 33:7, (1976) pp.229-236, plate: ill.

Military History

Mike Brown's Online Index of Dartmoor Area War Memorials (archived copy).
Brewer, Dave. Napoleonic prisoners of war: The Ockery. Dartmoor Magazine no. 14, (1989) pp.21; ill.
Greenstreet, Anthony. Parole prisoners of war around Dartmoor. Dartmoor Magazine no. 48, (1997) pp.14-15: ill.
James, Trevor. Prisoners of War in Dartmoor Towns: French and American Officers on Parole 1803-1815, Orchard Publications, 2 Orchard Close, Chudleigh, Newton Abbot TQ13 0LR (2000). [ISBN 1898964394]

Names, Geographical

Burnard, Robert, and rthur B. Prowse. Place-names in volume 1 of the publications of the Dartmoor Preservation Association. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 25, (1893) pp.482-509.
Brown, Mike. A-Z Index of Dartmoor Property Names taken from Dartmoor Tithe Apportionments (1997). [Devon FHS Library p942.35/DAR]
Greeves, Tom. Placenames of Dartmoor lost and found. Dartmoor Magazine no. 35, (1994) pp.6-8: ill.
Harris, W. Best. Place Names of Plymouth, Dartmoor and Tamar Valley (1987). [ISBN 0904593126] [Devon FHS Library 942.35]
Worth, R. Hansford. A note on Dartmoor place-names. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 58, (1926) pp.359-372.
Dartmoor National Park Place-Name Index, (n.d.). [SoG Library - DE tracts box]

Names, Personal

Brown, Mike. The Gazetteer of Dartmoor Names (plus Supplement). Plymouth: Mike Brown (1997?).
Brown, Mike. Personal Name Index of Dartmoor Region Traders &c from White's 1850 Directory (2 vols.). The Dartmoor Press (c1997) 64p.
Brown, Mike. Images of Your Dartmoor Ancestors: A Personal Name Index to Photographs in Published Sources Vol 1, Dartmoor Press (2001).

Occupations

Born, Anne. Limestone, limekilns and the limeburning industry north and west of Dartmoor. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 123 (1991) pp.213-240, pls, figs, table, refs. [Traces the history of the use of limestone in the area, particularly as an agricultural aide to neutralise soil acidity, from Romano-British times onwards. There are details of lime extraction practices (quarries), kilns, associated machinery, use of fuels, transport, trade, and other uses of the finished product. This survey adds five sites to previous reconnaisance work, and there is a list of the sixteen quarry and limekiln sites in the area covered.]
Crossing, W. Dartmoor Worker (Reprint), Peninsula Press (1992). [ISBN 1872640206]
Greeves, Tom. Tin Mines and Miners of Dartmoor, Tiverton, Halsgrove Press (1986) 86 pp. [ISBN 0861147669]
Lethbridge, E. Dartmoor Streams: An Angler's Week Among the Tors of South Devon. In Eneas Sweetland Dallas (Ed.). Once a Week: An Illustrated Miscellany of Literature, Art, Science and Popular Information. Volume 10, December 1863-1864. London: Bradbury & Evans. illus., pp. 473-476. [Index]

Periodicals

Dartmoor News - a bi-monthly magazine.

Dartmoor News Index 1991-2008, provided by Paul Rendell.

Schools

Stanbrook, Mary. Old Dartmoor schools remembered. Brixham: Quay. (1991), 112 pp. ill., ports. ISBN: 1870083350 (pbk).
Find help, report problems, and contribute information.

Last updated: 16 Oct 2014 - Brian Randell

Return to top of page
Note: The information provided by GENUKI must not be used for commercial purposes, and all specific restrictions concerning usage, copyright notices, etc., that are to be found on individual information pages within GENUKI must be strictly adhered to. Violation of these rules could gravely harm the cooperation that GENUKI is obtaining from many information providers, and hence threaten its whole future.