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Crockern Tor

Crockern Torr, Crockerentorre, Parliament Rock

Above Crockern Farm on the B3212, this granite outcrop is quite insignificant at a first glance, but was once the meeting place of the Stannary Parliament, and grabs your attention on closer inspection.

Crossing mentions an unknown rock somewhere near to the tor which was called the 'Judges Corner'. The author describes it as being: "...not far from Spader's Cottage, on the right of the way going into Postbridge, and at a corner of Muddy Lake Newtake."

Better known, however, is the 'Parliament Rock', which sits some way to the south of the summit outcrop. To paraphrase Hemery in 'High Dartmoor', he describes how this rock would act as a natural sound-board allowing the human voice to be amplified over the court area below and in turn, voices from the court area could be heard from above. There is also an OS Benchmark on the summit pile at SX 61591 75840.

Crockern Tor
The map above is not a navigation tool and we recommend that the grid reference shown below is used in conjunction with an Ordnance Survey map and that training in its use with a compass is advised.
Grid Ref:
SX 6158 7580
Height:
406m
Parish:
Dartmoor Forest
Tor Classification:
Spur
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
Ordnance Survey
William Crossing
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
William Crossing: Guide to Dartmoor
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor

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