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ISBN: 9780857101068
AUTHOR: Simon Butler
Legendary Dartmoor Pubs & Inns
Legendary Dartmoor Pubs & Inns
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In 1901 the creator of the world’s greatest detective visited Dartmoor in order to gather background information on what was to become the best-known detective mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Here Sir Arthur Conan Doyle drew upon local legends, place names and people, to populate his story, creating a work of enduring fame that is constantly retold in books, film and television.

In this book we follow in the footsteps of the Sherlock Holmes as he tracks the deadly hound around the moor, taking in the real places visited by the author and playing the role of sleuth ourselves in identifying the locations that provided his inspiration.

To add enjoyment to the ‘chase’ the book traces the origins of The Hound story to Dartmoor’s own legendary places, and links each to the moor’s historic public houses and inns.

For those visiting Dartmoor the book provides a fascinating glimpse ‘behind the scenes’ of how the fictional story came to be written while offering the chance to explore real places with the added enticement of refreshment along the way.

Over 300 photographs, many dating from the time when The Hound was written, provide the reader with a picture of the moor as it looked when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle visited. They also remind the reader of the vital role that country inns play in rural communities, many sadly under threat and fast disappearing.

Published in association with the Dartmoor Trust Archive, the book reinforces the importance of preserving our visual heritage not only as a reminder of the past but also in inspiring us to secure the best of what remains for future generations to enjoy.

Simon Butler is a writer, a consultant to the publishing industry, and a specialist in digital archiving. He has lived on Dartmoor for forty years and is a Director of the Dartmoor Trust and Archive and of two regional arts organisations. His earlier books include the bestselling The War Horses covering the First World War, and Goodbye Old Friend, and The Farmer’s Wife, titles concerned with changes in rural life.

Imprint: PiXZ, ISBN 978 0 85710 106 8, hardback, 210x148mm, 129 pages. Published September 2016.

The Perambulation: Dartmoor's Greatest Long Distance WalkThe Perambulation: Dartmoor's Greatest Long Distance Walk - £19.99
This sumptuously illustrated book by Roland Ebdon provides the reader with the comprehensive story of how Dartmoor’s Greatest Long Distance Walk came into being. It also gives details of sixteen excursions that modern-day walkers may undertake to retrace the route of the twelve medieval knights who first undertook this historic ‘perambulation’.
Walking the South West Coast Path CompanionWalking the South West Coast Path Companion - £9.99
This companion guide to the South West Coast Path by Simon Butler and Philip Carter is intended to provide added pleasure and knowledge for those have walked it in whole or in part, or those who are planning to walk it.
Discover Prehistoric DartmoorDiscover Prehistoric Dartmoor - £19.99
Over 600 superb illustrations supporting William Lethbridge's text make this book an essential companion for anyone with an interest in Dartmoor. It also provides a vital visual record of hundreds of prehistoric sites and artefacts, many little known and difficult to discover, that future generations will have in their care.
The Farmer's WifeThe Farmer's Wife - £19.99
Simon Butler celebrates the women whose working traditions lie in the land and those women who laboured on the land. Their's is a story largely untold for, as ‘The Farmer’s Wife’, their role has often previously been overlooked. Through 250 photographs and a wide ranging text their remarkable contribution to rural life is revealed.
Goodbye Old FriendGoodbye Old Friend - £19.99
Following the First World War, the Empire of the Horse evaporated, and within a few decades the working horse had disappeared almost entirely from the British landscape. Simon Butler explores the reasons for this change and the effect it has had on our lives. The story follows on from the his bestselling book The War Horses in which he describes the fate of the horse during the 1914-18 war.
The War HorsesThe War Horses - £19.99
Simon Butler draws upon over 200 photographs and eye-witness accounts to illustrate the actuality of war and the vital role played by the horse on the Western Front. Poignant memoirs reveal the bond formed between the fighting men and the animals in their care; remarkable stories of compassion and kindness set against the harrowing background of ‘The War to End All Wars’.
A Boot Up Dartmoor's Sites of Magic & MysteryA Boot Up Dartmoor's Sites of Magic & Mystery - £4.99
This book of ten walks of varying length takes the reader along pathways to some of Dartmoor’s most intriguing places. With his intimate knowledge of the moor, John Earle has combined exhilarating walks and superb views with numerous sites associated with ghosts, apparitions, evil spirits, phantoms and fairies.
Spirit of Dartmoor PoniesSpirit of Dartmoor Ponies - £4.99
With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images, Spirit of Dartmoor Ponies by the Dartmoor Pony Society captures the essence of these beautiful creatures, the living heart of the Dartmoor landscape.
Panoramic DartmoorPanoramic Dartmoor - £19.99
A landscape on a large scale demands a book of similar proportions and here, spread across double pages of lavish proportions, are some of the most glorious images that nature can provide. From renowned Devon photographer Adrian Oakes.
Dartmoor Address BookDartmoor Address Book - £12.99
Like many of us, the photographers whose work appears in this address book, have fallen for the beauty and variety of scenery to be found within the Dartmoor National Park. Whether bought for your own use, or received as a gift, this address book with its superb illustrations will provide years of pleasure.
A Boot Up Dartmoor RiversA Boot Up Dartmoor Rivers - £4.99
This book of 10 walks of varying length takes the reader along Dartmoor’s beautiful river valleys, leading them alongside their tumbling waters, often providing tranquil settings of breathtaking beauty.
A Boot Up Ten Dartmoor TorsA Boot Up Ten Dartmoor Tors - £4.99
This book of 10 short walks by John Earle takes the reader up Dartmoor’s famous high spots – known as tors for those who don’t know – making the most of the breathtaking views on offer while offering information about the landscape and something of the history of surrounding area. The tors explored are chosen for the variety of walk they offer and the exciting scenery.
The Hound and the HornThe Hound and the Horn - £16.95
Since it was rediscovered, this wonderfully written and humerous evocation of C19th Dartmoor has achieved something of a cult following among champions of our countryside heritage.
The Spirit of DartmoorThe Spirit of Dartmoor - £4.99
The essence of Dartmoor is captured through the superb photographs of Peter White. From familiar scenes of Dartmoor ponies on the open moor to delightful out-of-the- way places that only a seasoned explorer of the moor would know, this little book will delight all who see it.
Perfect DartmoorPerfect Dartmoor - £14.99
Dartmoor is not huge but is easily large enough to get lost in.Those who know the moor well will delight in the wonderful photographs this book contains, appreciating the endless patience of the photographer who has waited for that precise shot that encapsulates a particular fall of sunlight, the shadow across a hillside, and the bright flash of water tumbling in a stream. For those yet to discover the delights of Dartmoor, this book will provide inspiration to explore.
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