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One of the mysteries of Dartmoor is how old the numerous clapper bridges are. These are bridges made from stone slabs, and are used to cross the numerous streams and rivers. Some are undoubtedly prehistoric (Dartmoor once had a substantial number of settlements) while others may be much more recent. This one is among ruins of a gunpowder mill and its associated buildings dating back to 1844. This is just to the west of Postbridge on Dartmoor. Tin mining extended from Cornwall into the west of Devon, and the west of Dartmoor has a number of mining remains. Gunpowder was required to help break the seams of tin and other minerals, and this was Devon's only gunpowder factory.
The stream is part of the Cherry Brook, which joins the West Dart River to the south.
Uploaded by Barry Richardson on 24 October 2019
Photo ID: 227775
Building ID: 101305983