William Crossing is the first to mention Strane Tor without definitively giving us its location. In his book "One Hundred Years on Dartmoor" p.122, he states that it is; "A small tor on the Strane, a tributary of the Swincombe." In Guide to Dartmoor, Crossing provides an additional clue to the tor on the Strane River; "This stream joins the Swincombe below the White Works (Ex. 3). Above its L. bank is a small pile known as Strane Tor."
Eric Hemery, in High Dartmoor p.343 attempted to decipher Crossing's account of the location, but left us with a similarly vague description; "Downstream, the valley narrows between Strane and Peat Cot Hills, on the lower slopes of which two diminutive rock-piles and clitters oppose each other across the river. Crossing writes, without indicating its position in the valley, that above the "River's left bank is a small pile known as Strane Tor", a name not now used."
Tim Jenkinson and Paul Buck finally got to the bottom of this mystery and located the tor consisting of two fair sized sections of bedrock and a charming rock that resembled a fish.