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Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2003 06:33:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Crownhill Down, Dartmoor, quarry threat

Crownhill Down - rally planned for September (Dartmoor)

Dartmoor is still under threat from quarrying at sites just south of Cadover Bridge. Planning permissions granted nearly half a century ago allow the obliteration of a large part of south-west Dartmoor to make way for a "super-quarry" and huge waste tips. The landscape under threat is over 5 in extent and includes several Scheduled Ancient Monuments and Listed Buildings. Amongst the known archaeological monuments affected by the scheme are -

* a stone circle (Collard Tor: Grid Ref SX559621)
* three stone rows: at Collard Tor and Shaugh Moor (Grid Ref SX555638)
* several cairn cemeteries
* prehistoric round houses, enclosures and field systems
* medieval buildings and fields
* medieval / post-medieval sites related to tin-working and quarrying

In September a rally is being planned across Crownhill Down by The Dartmoor Preservation Association. "This will include a walk, a sponsored pony ride and other events. We ask everyone here today to come to our rally and show the strength of feeling that there is to save Crownhill Down. This is a battle that we are determined to win. This is a battle that we will win!"

more information from - - DPA newsletter #151. May 2003 - DPA news release 24th May 2003 - includes map of the affected area

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