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Famed for its golden, sandy beaches, fossil clad cliffs and medieval towns, Devon is one of the UK’s top tourist areas. But Devon has another side to its history where some weird and wonderful things happened that you may not know about, read on to find out more.
In the town of Bideford, in 1682, the last known trial and executions of 3 suspected witches took place. Temperance Lloyd, Mary Trembles and Susanna Edwards came to be at the gallows in what is a sad story of superstition and rumours. The witch-hunting craze had died down by the 17th century in England, but this story was exceptional due to the trial ending in their execution. What was also unusual and somewhat uncomfortable about this story, was the fact the women came from sophisticated, provincial towns, whereas with hunts usually took place in rural villages.
We all know about the cute little dogs known as Jack Russells, but did you know that the breeder called John ‘Jack’ Russell was born in Dartmouth in Devon? Originally bred to hunt foxes back in the 19th century, Jack Russells have similar origins to the Fox Terrier, which they are often mistaken for.
The film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s third crime novel The Hound of the Baskervilles was filmed in Dartmoor on the spooky moors. The plot of the film sees Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigating the legend of a super-natural hound which they believe to be stalking a young heir on the moors that make up part of the estate.
Some people may not realise, but Devon’s coastline, which stretches over 22 miles of unspoilt coastline and spans through 3 towns of Devon, is actually the English Riviera.
On Exeter’s high street you will find drinking fountains that date back to the medieval times of the 1300s, this was the first man-made drinking system supplying fresh drinking water in Exeter. You can go and visit the fountain where it still stands today and soak up a bit of Devonshire history.
Flaming Tar Barrels is a Devon tradition which dates back to the 17th century. Every bonfire night, barrels are seasoned with tar before being set alight and are then carried by the villagers on their shoulders. The event starts with small barrels for the children to carry, then larger for the ladies and larger again for the men; the heaviest are lit at midnight. These are then turned into a huge bonfire on the River Otter where a fun fair accompanies the flaming barrels.
The pasty is of course a favourite snack among Britons, but the very first pasty recipe dated back to 1509 and was discovered in an accounts book in Plymouth. For the perfect Cornish pasty, find our traditional recipe here.
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