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A walk around

Medieval

South Zeal

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Dartmoor

Cosdon Stone

Row

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Easdon Down & Hunter's Tor

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Black-a-tor Copse & Meldon Reservoir

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Grimspound and

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Dartmoor

Belstone

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A walk around the village of South Zeal

The walk information below was produced originally by South Tawton Parish Council and produced by the South Zeal Charter Group to celebrate the anniversary in 1998 of the village being granted a charter by Edward I in the year 1298.


Starting at the front porch of The Oxenham Arms, turn left and immediately in front of you pass St,Mary's Chapel which is normally open for you to go inside.


The Chapel housed the village school for 200 years until the national school was built in the village in 1874.


At the end of St. Mary's churchyard, the 14th century Market Cross identifies the market established by Charter in 1298 by Edward Ist Further up the hill and on the left is Townend the most westerly house until the 1930's.


You will the soon reach a crossroads near to the top of the hill which is called Zeal Head. At Zeal head turn left and follow the road down to the main road an at the main road turn left again (Ford Cross).


After around 50 yards you will see on the left a signposted footpath across some fields that skirts the Burgage Plots to the east of the village.


For this you will need good footwear, unless it is very dry. The footpath takes you back through a wooden kissing gate into the top fields belonging to the Oxenham Arms. Cross the field to the opposite far corner and crossing a small stone bridge over a brook, pass through a small single wooden gate.


Immediately through the gate you are in Millfield at the rear of Mill House, turn right into another field and head for the top of that field. Millfield was the site of a corn mill and is one of the Burgage Plots of the village.


Around 20 metres before you reach the small gate at the top of the field and on the left is "Washing Place". As you come out on to the road through the small gate, the land opposite you which now contains houses was called "Tucking Mill Field" and is a reminder of the woollen industry that is an important part of the village's past.


Turn left down the road 20 metres or so, then right up a hill into Throwleigh Road, a road built in 1829 to avoid the steep hills approaching and leaving the village. As you walk up Throwleigh Road towards Dry Bridge, on your left can be seen the waste from Ramsley Mine. There are several paths up on to Ramsley Common, some being very steep - the more distant ones being the easiest.


Find your way up to the top where you can see the remains of the mine workings and get a good view northwards across South Zeal to the village of South Tawton. At the far end of the common, make your way back to the village crossing the road by the Old Rising Sun. (a large white house). As you descend down the hill you join the original Exeter/Cornwall road then pass the Methodist Chapel at Shelley, built in 1866.


Continue down the hill on a left hand bend which then bends right into the lower main road of South Zeal village at the lowest point in the village. Here on the right you will see the Old Wesleyan Chapel and Schoolroom, the site of an early British School. After 1934 it was made a scout hut, an occassional cinema, a carpenters shop and is now an artists studio with a darkroom.


Returning to the main street and walking up it, notice the bridge over the stream that provided the water for corn mills and the Tucking Mill. On the opposite side of the road you will also see a gantry from which hung the sign of the London Inn.


It closed in 1908 under the governments "buy out" scheme to reduce the number of public houses nationally. At this end of the village cottages frequently have rooms large enough to hold a woollen loom, a legacy from the time when the village had a thriving woollen industry..

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