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Old Feb 6, 2006, 1:00 PM   #1
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In 1625 the town of Tavistock was hit by the plague, understandably the local farmers refuced to go into town to trade, but rather than let the inhabitants starve they left produce at a well known local landmark on the edge of Dartmoor for the townsfolk to collect once the farmers had retreated to a safe distance.

Ever since local folk have called the site "The Plague Market".

Basically it's a hilltop covered with various antiquities: a pair of stone rows, a stone circle, one burial, and a couple menhirs.

Here are few views taken in yesterday evening's sunshine, starting with the twin stone rows, taken into the sun, so the stones show up:
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 1:02 PM   #2
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This one is the "kistvaen" or burial chamber:
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 1:05 PM   #3
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A close-up of the other end of the better preserved of the two stone rows, the sun was getting really low by this time and glinting off the minerals in the granite:
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And finally a view down the length of the main stone row, all rather small stones I'm afraid !

Regards, John.
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 2:02 PM   #5
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nice shots John

can u get a shot next time ur there.......in the first pic i think it would make a good shot if u where near the big rock in first row, looking along the line of rocks as they gently curve upwards with the hill

we have a plague village too not far away in derbyshire called "eyam" that was in 1666
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Old Feb 6, 2006, 3:39 PM   #6
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Nice work John! I am intrigued by the history of this place, when I visit a historical site I like to sit and imagine being back in time. It is cool to have so much history all around you in the UK and Europe.

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Old Feb 6, 2006, 5:03 PM   #7
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Great photos John, I've always been fascinated with that period of history.
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As usual John great work.
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Old Feb 7, 2006, 4:35 AM   #9
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Thanks for the comments guys: I should warn you that probably means you'll get more from this shoot when I've had a chance to process them! :-)

Reanimator: I know Eyam: I went there several times when I lived in Nottingham/Loughborough. I know what you mean about shooting along the line of stones: in fact this was the shot I tried last summer when I was last up there, but it didn't really work out - the combination of shooting into the light and the small size of the stones in the row didn't work out - but there's always next time :-)

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I thought it was all snowy around your place, how is that this don't have snow. :G Regards. Jaki.
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