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Hawks' Tor

Hawks Tor, Oxter, Hauektor, Shepherds House (possible), Oxen Tor

West of the disused Wotterwaste China Clay Works, a tor with two main granite outcrops, one of which has an interesting feature of a slab providing a small shelter.

Eric Hemery explains: "North-west of Collard Tor and similar in proportion, though, standing higher on the slope of Shaugh Moor, is Hawks Tor, locally 'Oxter', (approx. 870 feet)... The roof, a large slab traversed by a vein of quartz, has on one side been artificially raised upon a boulder, possibly to create a shelter for a shepherd..."

When consulting the Tithe Map for the parish of Cornwood, the name 'Shepherds House' appears in the vicinity of where Hawks' Tor would be located. And given that Hemery suggests the artificially placed slab could be shelter for a shepherd, this could be the outcrop Tithe are referring to.

Hawks' Tor
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Grid Ref:
SX 5535 6252
Shaugh Prior
Tor Classification:
Rock Type:
Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Devon County Council: Tithe Map of the Parish of Cornwood

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