Sheepstor Dartmoor Reviews
Sheepstor and Burrator Sep 04, 2010
As a boy living in Plymouth I have two principal memories of days out inland; of course many were to the seaside. Sheepstor is one of the two. I will let the term include Burrator as far as this goes because we never reached Sheepstor without passing Burrator.
Burrator, in spite of its name, is NOT a tor. A tor is a hill with a granite outcrop at the top; Burrator is the name of a picturesque reservoir serving Plymouth. I remember one day during a drought watching a fox drinking from it at mid afternoon.
The name 'Sheepstor' covers two places; a tor sometimes written as Sheeps Tor and a small village at its foot. Sheeps Tor is an unfortunate piece of nomenclature as their is no record of the tor having any connection with sheep. It is, however, a perfect tor for a young child to play. Hide and Seek is very much in the hider's favour. I never lost my love for it and I hope you enjoy the picture website I have given.
The village is typical of small villages on Dartmoor. My father was a Lay Reader in the Church of England and occasionally preached in the little church; sometimes I went with him and there was a very small local congregation. An interesting feature is to be found in the graveyard - tombs of the Brooke family, so called 'white rajahs of Sarawak.'
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