— Bovey Tracey - A Snapshot into its History —
Bovey Tracey - A Snapshot into its History
Bovey Tracey has a long and colourful history dating from the Saxon settlement times and was known as Boffa in about 500AD.
The de Tracey’s were the old lords of the manor, and one of them, Sir William, who had a share in the murder of Thomas a Becket at Canterbury Cathedral in 1170, is said to have built the Parish church of St Peter, St Paul & St Thomas of Canterbury (which was dedicated to St Thomas) as a penance for his crime. The unbroken list of vicars dates from 1258.
de Tracey later added his name to the town and is said to have lived in the Manor House in East Street that was built about 1200. In 1260 Henry III granted the town a fair and Market Charter.
Discover Devon - unique, glorious, wild and wonderful, rich in history - a really special place...Unique with two different coastlines - bare rugged cliffs, surf washed sands, white pebble beaches, stretches of golden sands, stunning resorts, hidden wooded estuaries and the Jurassic Coast - England's first natural World Heritage Site.
Wild and wonderful moorland - Dartmoor, in the south, embraces wild landscapes and picture postcard villages. Exmoor, lies in the north and combines breathtaking rugged coastline with wild heather moorland.
Rich in history and heritage - where you can step back in time and explore historic cities, or discover seafaring characters like Drake and Raleigh, the settings for novels by Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle, myths and legends
— Dartmoor —
Dartmoors bleak, yet dramatic landscape covers about 370 square miles where walkers can roam without restrictions.. The exposed granite hilltops are known as tors and the higest of these - High Willhays is 621m above sea level.
Although conditions can be hard, Dartmoor does provide a diverse habitat for wildlife with its grassy moorland, bogs, farmland and wooded valleys.
Dartmoor ponies are frequently seen but there are many rare birds to be found with a pair of binoculars and a little bit of patience!
In prehistoric times the climate was warmer than it is today and much of the moorland was covered with trees. The prehistoric settlers began clearing the forest to form the first farming communities.
Remains of their homes, their monuments and their flint tools can still be found in abundance. There are about 5000 hut circles on the moors and these are the remnants of the Bronze Age houses.
The moors can an eerie place even in the summer and abound with tales of myth and legend.
It is apparently the home of pixies, headless horsemen and a mysterious pack of ghostly hounds. There are even a few more recent stories of Hairy Hands forcing a vehicle off the road!
Dartmoor is the birthplace of the popular outdoor hobby of letter boxing, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Watertight containers known as 'letterboxes' are hidden throughout the moors.
Each one containing a visitor's book and a rubber stamp. The original intention was for walkers to leave a letter or postcard to be collected and posted by the next person to visit the site.