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Haytor, Devon

Historical Description

Haytor or Heytor, a hamlet and a hill in Ilsington parish, Devonshire. The hamlet lies on the E border of Dartmoor forest, 4½ miles NNE of Ashburton, bears the name of Hayton Vale or Haytor Town, and has a small inn. The hill is about a mile W of the hamlet, soars into two acute summits, is traversed from NW to SE by remains of a Celtic-road or trackway, has on its slope a group of hut circles or vestiges of an ancient British town, and commands an extensive and superb view. Famous granite quarries, formerly worked immediately below its summit, were connected by a railway to a canal communicating with the navigable part of the Teign river, furnished the materials for several public structures, or parts of structures, in London,. and are now a picturesque foreground for sketchers.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.