Ghost Cities Anilbalan : New post Mysteries of the Moor

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog is delighted to forward the latest from Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities blog. Always a treat! When I return to England, albeit briefly, in August I shall visit Dartmoor.

Cheers from a different sort of swamp in Thailand! No spectral hounds here. But lots of ghosts and things…if you believe what the mangrove fisherfolk say! Everybody else does!

Hugh

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ghostcities posted: "Occupying the main part of the county of Devon between Exeter and Plymouth, Dartmoor is southern England’s greatest expanse of wilderness, some 365 square miles of raw granite, barren bogland, sparse grass and heather-grown moor. It was not always so deso"

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Mysteries of the Moor

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Occupying the main part of the county of Devon between Exeter and Plymouth, Dartmoor is southern England’s greatest expanse of wilderness, some 365 square miles of raw granite, barren bogland, sparse grass and heather-grown moor. It was not always so desolate, as testified by the remnants of scattered Stone Age settlements and the ruined relics of the area’s 19th century tin-mining industry. Today, desultory flocks of sheep and groups of ponies are virtually the only living creatures to be seen wandering over the central vastnesses of the National Park, with solitary birds – buzzards, kestrels, pipits, stonechats and wagtails – wheeling and hovering high above. But even more than its natural beauty, Dartmoor is known for its myths and legends. It is reputedly the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of spectral hounds, and a large black dog, among others. Many landmarks have ancient legends and ghost stories associated with them, such as the allegedly haunted Jay’s Grave, the ancient burial site of Childe’s Tomb, the rock pile called Bowerman’s Nose, and the stone crosses that mark former mediaeval routes across the moor. Dartmoor has also inspired a number of artists and writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, R. D. Blackmore, Eden Phillpotts, Beatrice Chase, Agatha Christie, Rosamunde Pilcher, and the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fictional Quidditch World Cup final between Ireland and Bulgaria was even hosted on the moor!

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ghostcities | June 12, 2016 at 2:00 am | Tags: Dartmoor | Categories: Folklore, History, Legend, Literature, Unexplained Mystery | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-rk

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