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ISBN: 9781906551155
AUTHOR: Prof E H T Whitten
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Hidden in the heart of Dartmoor, Widecombe in- the-Moor is sometimes said to be the most visited village in England; this is undoubtedly an exaggeration, although its name is well-known throughout Britain and beyond. There is a huge influx of visitors all year, as cars and coaches on the roads and in the car parks testify, despite the many narrow, tortuous, and steep access lanes. Walkers abound along the lanes and in the pubs. On the second Tuesday of each September, the traditional Widecombe Fair (first recorded in October 1850) and Uncle Tom Cobley and his grey mare attract thousands of visitors.

The present book tells the story of the evolution of one small hamlet, Bonehill, that lies in the Parish of Widecombe within the encircling Moor and within sight of Widecombe’s famous church, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Moor’. The history and development of Bonehill is surprisingly complex, but much of what the author has uncovered in his research applies also to many of Dartmoor’s remote settlements. For this reason the story of Bonehill, spanning ten centuries, will be of interest to all those who have an interest in the history of the moor. Ancient field boundaries, granite Dartmoor-longhouses, and extensive unpublished documents illuminate this book which is highly illustrated with contemporary photographs, original documents maps and prints.

DrTimWhitten, a chartered geologist, has had a home within Dartmoor National Park for almost 30 years. He has served on Widecombe Parish Council, been Chairman of Widecombe Primary School governors, and Treasurer ofWidecombe Fair for 13 years – he’s currently the Fair’s President; for several years he ran a small herd of bullocks in Bonehill. He left school in Essex at 15 duringWorld War II. As a university teacher and administrator in London and the USA, he travelled extensively and published two technical books and over 100 journal articles. He is a senior fellow of several British and American geological societies; long-time sailing interests are reflected in his having been Commodore of the Royal Western Yacht Club of England. Dartmoor is home, where he lives with his wife Cleo.

Imprint: Ryelands. ISBN 978 1 906551 15 5, hardback, 214x230mm, 128 pages.

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