Fox Tor

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Fox Tor
Fox Tor.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 438 m (1,437 ft)
Prominence 4 m
Listing (none)
Geography
Location Dartmoor, England
OS grid SX626698
Topo map OS Landranger 202

Fox Tor is a relatively minor tor on Dartmoor in the county of Devon, England.[1]

On the flank of the tor, about 500 m to the north stands Childe's Tomb - according to local legend, the last resting place of Childe the Hunter, an unfortunate traveller who died there during a blizzard.[2]

About 800 m. NNE of the tor lie the remains of Foxtor Farm, which was used by Eden Phillpotts as one of the main settings of his 1904 novel The American Prisoner,[1] and in a subsequent early "talkie" film, made in 1929.

Occupancy of Fox tor farm lasted for only fifty years

Little Fox Tor, also known as Yonder Tor lies about 500 m. to the east.[1]

About a kilometre north-east of the tor lies the swampy land known as Fox Tor Mires. This is said to have been the inspiration for the fictional Grimpen Mire in the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.[citation needed] This wide expanse of peat bog continues to be dangerous to walkers, especially after heavy rain.[citation needed]

There is another Fox Tor on Dartmoor, one of five outcrops on the western bank of the River Tavy in woodland north of Peter Tavy, at grid reference SX514788.[1] There is another on Bodmin Moor near Lewannick.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Bound, Terry (1995). The A to Z of Dartmoor Tors (revised ed.). Exeter, Devon: Obelisk Publications. p. 33. ISBN 1-899073-27-2. 
  2. ^ Crossing, William (1902). The Ancient Stone Crosses of Dartmoor and its Borderland. Exeter: James G. Commin. pp. 88–97. 

Further reading[edit]

  • A comprehensive history of Fox Tor Farm and its tenants is included in: Stanbrook, Elisabeth (1994). "Fox Tor Farm". Dartmoor Forest Farms - A Social History from Enclosure to Abandonment. Tiverton: Devon Books. pp. 42–52. ISBN 0-86114-887-8. 

Coordinates: 50°30′43″N 3°56′21″W / 50.51182°N 3.93922°W / 50.51182; -3.93922