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The Legend of Childe's Tomb
Fox Tor Mires, Devon


On a bleak height of Dartmoor are still to be found the stones of Childe's Tomb. Childe was Lord of the Manor of Plymstock. Lost and overcome by the snows of a blizzard, he slew his exhausted horse and, after using its blood to write on a granite slab: "The first that finds and brings me to my grave, The lands of Plymstock he shall have," he crept into the creature's body in a vain endeavour to save himself through its warmth. Tradition says that monks from Tavistock found him, and so gained the lands. It is thought, however, that the story has an earlier Saxon origin.

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