I went to Buckland Beacon over the weekend to see the newly restored Ten Commandment Stones. I last went there in 2014 and commented then that the writing was becoming illegible (see here) and I am pleased to say that the Moor than Meets the Eye Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and managed by Dartmoor National Park Authority have restored the lettering.
The two 10 commandment stones were carved by WA Clement in 1928 – see here for the full story
Back in July this year I did a post about the 10 commandments stone at Buckland Beacon – see here. Despite the stone having been restored in recent years the writing was still quite hard to read. The other day I was in the office of the Dartmoor National Park Authority when I saw a photograph of the stones taken in 1928 by WA Clements after he had finished the sculpting. The quality of the picture is fantastic and if you zoom in on the photo you can read all the words including Clement’s 11th commandment.
Taken by WA Clements, the sculptor, on completion of the works in 1928
– provided by kind permission of the Dartmoor National Park Authority
Here is the back of the photo – stating it was donated to the DNPA in 2006 by Mrs Daisy Allen – a friend of WA Clements
A special photograph!
One of Dartmoor’s famous features are the 10 commandment stones on Buckland Beacon near to Buckland in the Moor. I had never been there before so we headed out yesterday to find them. They are pretty easy to find – you park at the car park at Cold East Cross (SX740743) and then head south around the moorland wall to Buckland Beacon which is a prominent feature – the walk is on around a mile.
Buckland Beacon looking south over Ausewell Wood
The two 10 commandment stones – see here for the full story of how they were carved (and why) by WA Clement in 1928.
As you can see the carving deteriorates with time and becomes filled with lichens – the stone masonry was tidied up in 2009 by the DNPA to make it more visible – see here – but it may need doing again quite soon!
Nearby on the Beacon is the Jubilee Stone from 1935 – that is now practically unreadable.
Amazing view down toward Teignmouth and Shaldon – you can see why this has been a beacon for millennia!
To the east of the Beacon is Welstor Rock
Nice to see a small heath butterfly on the way over to the Beacon – a classic Dartmoor species – the caterpillars feeds on moorland grasses
We found a bloody nosed beetle on the Beacon
Along with English stonecrop
By Welstor Rock there is a strong colony of greater dodder – a parasitic plant – you can the red / pink flowers along with its red stems growing on the gorse