Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village
Bovey Tracey, England
Hound Tor Deserted Medieval Village Bovey Tracey Reviews
Hound Tor Jul 28, 2009
There are many old wives tales and strange stories in English history. Many places have weird and wonderful tales which have truth and fiction intwined, so it is impossible to know the real version.
Hound Tor is no exception. Hound Tor is a collection of rock stacks that were left behind with the melting glacias at the end of the Ice Age. This process was what left stones avaliable for henge builders across the UK.
Hound Tor's story is a strange one though. Some have commented that this place may have been the inspiration for the Hound of the Baskervilles.
The story goes that there was a white witch who fought against a paranormal shuck (phantom black dog) on the moors, and she lost. The result was that the village of Hound Tor was destroyed, its peoples murdered.
Upon scientific and historic discovery however it is more likely that failing crops timed with the black plaque probably meant there was'nt enough people left in the village, or enough food to justify staying. Many small medieval villages at this time left their homes to join bigger settlements.
What is interesting for any visitor however is the amazing landscape. Huge pillars of stone sitting percauriously on top of one another. Its is an awesome sight. The remains of the old village is somewhat depressing, but interesting. The outlines of houses, with fireplaces still intact reminds the visitor that this was once a lived in settlement. Even some of the walls between peoples fields still exist, a monument to a time before the English Government decided to take away individuals land.
If your in the area it is well worth a visit. Supposedly if you look hard enough, the rocks form the faces of dogs. I cant see it myself, but perhaps you will be lucky.
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