A new exhibition has started at the DNPA’s Princetown Visitor Centre entitled ‘Dartmoor life in the the First World War’. The exhibition has been put together by the Dartmoor Trust – rather than talking about the battles in France and Belgium the exhibition describes what impact the war had on Dartmoor – how farming changed, where hospitals were set up, conscientious objectors etc.
Princetown’s Visitor Centre
Kitchener calling you in
A number of panels make up the exhibition
There is a panel on the impact of the War on the building of Castle Drogo
A bit also on the role people in Widecombe played collecting moss to treat wounds – the shell is outside the NT’s Church House
The exhibition also makes a plea for more information or photographs to help fill some of the gaps in our knowledge about Dartmoor in WW1. We are still trying to find out more about Major Hole of Parke in World War 1 – see here for further details – can you help?
You might also be interested to know that there are a couple of WW1 exhibition rooms at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter – one of recruiting posters and the other on facial reconstructive surgery.
A couple of days ago I went down to Widecombe to photograph the new Gallery – see here.
Here are a few other photos from that day – the first two were taken by my friend Jon Hare who runs Full Fat Photography – Jon is a very good buildings’ photographer and he has kindly let us use his images
This is Sexton’s Cottage (on the left) and the Church House (on the right) with St Pancras Church in the background. This building is actually rather difficult to photograph without getting warped perspectives and leaning towers. Brilliant shot Jon
A simply shot of the sign with Dartmoor creeping in the the left! Photo Jon Hare.
Pam Thomas our Shop Manager is looking for a volunteer to help run our new Gallery – does this appeal to you or someone you know? If so give Pam a ring – details on the poster above.
On my way back to Parke I stopped and took a few pictures in the February sunshine – looking back into the village – The Church House and Sexton’s Cottage are behind the tower of St Pancras Church
From the same spot as the last photo – here is the view across to Princetown – the tall mast is on North Hessary Tor beside Princetown. The conifer plantation in the middle ground is Sousson’s Down. Still a bit of snow on the high moor.
Here is Haytor – with a couple of people approaching the top
A Scotch blackface sheep – has seen it all before
Pam Thomas our shop manager in Widecombe has been working really hard over the winter transforming the first floor of Sexton’s Cottage into a new Gallery floor – a place where Dartmoor and Devon crafts people can exhibit and sell their work.
I spent a couple of hours there yesterday with my friend Jon Hare of Full Fat Photography taking some shots of the new gallery. I got in late last night and am off again in a minute so here is my starter for 10 – a series of pictures of the type of things that we are now selling. More details will follow elsewhere soon. I posted 65 pictures on my Flickr account here and 12 photos follow below.
Amazing – brilliant stuff Pam – a superb new part of our shop full of locally made things
I was in Widecombe yesterday where I met up with the Vicar Geoffrey Fenton to talk about the ‘Moor than meets the Eye‘ project and discuss some ideas as to how we might bring the village centre more alive for the many thousands of visitors who come each year. Geoffrey very kindly gave me a guided tour of the church – here are a few photographs.
A cross in the churchyard with Bonehill Rocks in the background
The church of St Pancras – the Cathedral of the Moor
Across the churchyard to the National Trust’s Church House and Sexton’s Cottage
The inside of the church is magnificent
The porch contain these four tablets telling the story of the time when the church was struck by lightning killing 3 people
The chancel ceiling contains dozens of wonderful carved bosses including this one of the ‘Three Hares’ – I have written about these before – see here. A symbol of Dartmoor’s tin miners and much more beside going way back into our pre-Christian past.
Here is the Green Man – another ancient figure
Here is the ‘Pelican in her piety’ – in early times it was thought was the female fed her young on her own blood (in fact she feeds then on regurgitated food). The Pelican is a symbol of charity and devotion to one’s offspring
The church is well worth a visit – I really must go back another day and photograph all the bosses – they tell so many tales and are very beautiful