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Church Micro 4030…North Bovey

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Hidden : 07/30/2013
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Geocache Description:

A Church set in a Quant Village set not far away from Moretonhampstead. You will need to bring your own pen.


NORTH BOVEY is an exceptionally attractive and unspoilt village around a green. It lies on a hillside above the river Bovey from which it takes its name, looking across to the eastern wall of Dartmoor. The parish runs far W. into the Moor, and abounds in hut circles and other Bronze Age antiquities. These are best located on the 21-inch Ordnance maps (sheets 20/68, 20/78). In the far W. of the parish, on Headland Warren, are numerous ancient tin works dating from the days of "streaming," scoring the ground heavily, and a number of abandoned tin mines. The most notable is perhaps the Birch Tor and Vitifer mine, about l m. E. of Warren House Inn on the Moretonhampstead and Princetown road. The isolated farms of Beetor and Shapley were Saxon settlements and are referred to in Domesday Book.

The church (St. John the Baptist) is a 15th century granite building of the moorland type, with a contemporary rood-screen of fairly good design though sadly mutilated. There are parclose screens N. and S. of the chancel, some plain 16th century benches, and a modern pulpit in the medieval style. This replaced (in 1910) a Georgian pulpit. The wagon roofs have many carved bosses, those in the chancel being especially good and worth detailed study. There are many granite floor-slabs to 17th and 18th century yeomen of the parish.

The Manor House, so called, is a modern mansion on a new site. It was the seat of Viscount Hambleden and is now a hotel. The scenery of the entire parish is beautifully broken

Congratulations to dartmoor strider on the FTF

In Order to locate this cache you will need to collect some information from the plaque on the left as you come through the gate into the Church

This Gate Was Built By Their Fellow Parishioners A.D. 19AB

Under this 193C - 194D Sergt C Moyer RAF E5 July 19F2

Sapper W J Rice R E Africa 1G June 194H

N 50° 38.(H+E)B(D+F) W 003° 47.(C-G)(A*A-F)C

Checksum for collected numbers 32

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