Dartmoor - John Van der Kiste

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Title
Dartmoor - from old photographs
Author
John Van der Kiste
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Amberley Publishing
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20101115

The history of Dartmoor extends to several centuries BC, with surviving prehistoric remains dating back to the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, and the largest concentration of Bronze Age remains in Britain. It has been a hunting ground for the Kings of Wessex, a royal forest, and home to farmers in ancient and medieval times, and a source of tin, iron and granite. In the twenty first century it has a resident population of about 33,000, including those in the towns of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Moretonhampstead, Princetown and Yelverton. Some areas have provided a training ground for the army, and in 1951 it was officially designated a National Park. Its legends abound, with tales of headless horsemen, pixies, a large black dog, a mysterious pack of hounds, and a visit said to have been made by the devil to Widecombe in 1638 during a fierce thunderstorm. It has also provided a home and inspiration to writers including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and John Galsworthy. These photographs span the era from the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century, chosen to show the diversity of the landscape, the towns and villages, and the different uses made of Dartmoor as a source of local employment and industry, as well as a haven for wildlife and recreation, and above all the beauty and spirit of the area.

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John Van der Kiste was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. He has published over thirty books, including royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction. He has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Guinness Rockopedia, articles and reviews to various national and local journals and websites and booklet notes for CDs. He was a consultant for the BBC TV documentary The King, the Kaiser and the Tsar, (first shown in 2003). He lives in Devon.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Postcards - England - Dartmoor.|Dartmoor (England) - History - Pictorial works.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
128

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