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South Devil's Tor

Mudge's Devil's Tor

A prominent outcrop some 300 metres to the south of Devil's Tor that immediately warrants attention. The tor is also marked on OS Maps as a large outcrop but doesn't possess a name documented in writing until now.

Described by Hemery; "A little to the south of Devil's Tor the fen ceases, and a rock, unnamed, far more shapely and significant than Devil's Tor proper - poised as it is on the very brow of the ridge..."

Given its proximity to Devil's Tor, without dismissing it is as a separate entity, the name of 'South Devil's Tor' seems appropriate, a worthier name than other provided titles such as 'Little Devil's Tor' and even 'Devil's Tor Outcrop'. There is still confusion to this day as to whether or not this tor has ever been named on maps before. Tim Jenkinson (2002) writes; "To complicate matters further Lt Colonel Mudge (1809) appears to mark the south pile as Devil's Tor leaving the rock beside the menhir unlabelled." This is controversial as it implies that somewhere along the line since Mudge's map the OS have misplaced the name. Could this be true? Regardless to this appellation, this is still a worthier tor than Devil's itself.

South Devil's Tor
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SX 5971 7934
Dartmoor Forest
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Eric Hemery
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Jenkinson (2000): 'Nameless Rockpiles: Field notes and photographs' Dartmoor Magazine no. 58 Spring p. 23
Colonel William Mudge: Map Survey of Devon 1809

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