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My Favorite History As A Kid

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So as you know, I lived in Buckfastleigh from the time I was 7 for about 10 years so obviously the majority of my time there was as a child. Little did I know that what I was observing and taking in would have a major impact on myself and attitude towards life overall later on.

But I will get to that stuff later, for now I’ll talk a little bit more about the history and what I loved as a kid.

William Pengelly Cave Studies Centre

Like most of you out there reading this, I used to love taking field trips in school and the William Pengelly Cave Studies Centre is one that stands out as my favorite.

caveThis centre in Russets Lane, was established in 1962 as a focus for the study of the caves, through educational visits and research, and for the conservation of the cave environment. The focal point at the centre is the Joint-Mitnor Cave which contains the remains of animals that lived here about 100,000 years ago.

These rich bone deposits were laid down during the last inter glacial period. The climate at that time was hotter than now so such animals as hippopotamus, straight tusked elephant, rhinoceros, hyena, bison, cave lion, wild pig and many more could live here. From time to time animals fell down the limestone fissures on the hill into the caves below and died. Gradually a mound of bones, earth and rock built up. As the ages passed, the climate altered and openings into the caves appeared.

Little Bit of History

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I understand that the majority of people reading this have probably not even heard of Buckfastleigh, let alone live there or know much about the history behind this smaller English town so I want to fill you in with some of what I know about the history. For those of you who have some knowledge about it or aren’t too interested in the details, this one might not be for you.

Take Some Notes Kids

buck1Greek and Phoenician traders came to the Casserides or tin Islands from 2000 BC for tin was more highly prized than gold as it was used to make bronze.  There is no record of their having reached the Mardle Valley but they described the country as ‘hospitable, thickly populated and with an extremely chilly climate.

Until 1204 AD the whole of Devon was a royal forest, but on May 18th King John de-forested land up to the bounds of Dartmoor.  An old map painted on skin shows four circles, the  center being the true forest in which dwelt 35 tenement holders whose names had been on the Manor Rolls for ‘tyme out of mynde’.

Devon men were said to have long legs to pull themselves out of the mud. Not until 1635 was there a highway code with o Surveyor appointed for a single highway parish and a District Surveyor for several parishes grouped together by order of Quarter Sessions, the rates being ten pence, three times a year. Twenty five years later the Public Health Act divided England into Urban and Rural Sanitary Districts and that eventually formed Buckfastleigh into what it is today.