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Exbourne Local History Group


Tuesday 16th February

“Peat, Powder and Power”.

We are delighted that Tom Soby has now recovered from the back injury which prevented him speaking in October last year.

Tom will give a fascinating talk (including more than 30 slides from his own photographic collection), about:

Peat cuttings, used for fires to heat homes and to cook with, in and around Dartmoor, has been going on for generations. Many people were once employed by the  Peat Works between the 1800's - mid 1990's. The Rattlebrook Peat Tramway, later a Railway, is situated south of Great Links Tor where the ruins of the Works Managers House (Bleak House) the peat ties, rail track and other ruins of former buildings are still in situ.

Powder . . . Gunpowder was made near Postbridge, Dartmoor between 1844 - 1900 by various mixing processes of the main components before reaching and proving the strength     the finished Gunpowder product. Today there are still several ruined buildings all within walking distance from the B3212.

Power . . . Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Man and Horses, all of these will be mentioned throughout the talk.