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Whittenknowles Rocks

Whittenknowle Rocks

Amongst this chaos of granite, archaeologists have surmised that there are at least 38 huts and paddocks, within the walls of the settlement, and evidence of a longhouse.

The rocks themselves are likely from a ruined tor that has disintegrated into smithereens to leave the clitter that we see today in no oderly fashion. Bizarrely, Hemery even calls it a "lowly tor" which it is not as no bedrock is visible.

Tim Sandles states: "On Dartmoor another such thing was the 'windstrew', this being an exposed granite platform on which, when the strength of the wind was right, the corn would be threshed. Initially the grain would be separated from the corn by beating it with 'dreshels' (flails) this would then be tossed in the air thus letting the wind blow away the chaff. Such a feature is said to be found at the site of the old medieval settlement at Whittenknowle Rocks (OS grid SX 585 670)."

Whittenknowles Rocks
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Grid Ref:
SX 5855 6714
Height:
341m
Parish:
Sheepstor
Tor Classification:
Ruined
Access:
Public
Rock Type:
Granite
Credit:
William Crossing
Ordnance Survey
Reference:
Ordnance Survey Maps
Eric Hemery: High Dartmoor
Tim Sandles:

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