By: Blonde Two
Despite walking past and admiring Dunnabridge Pound Farm (SX 644 746) many times, I had not explored Dunnabridge Pound itself until Wednesday. This fascinating round walled enclosure has a history that dates back to the Bronze age when it would have been a hut settlement like the one that can still be seen at Grimspound (SX 700 809) – the Two Blondes have been there as well this week. Dunnabridge Pound’s more recent use was as a drift pound where stock that had been illegally grazed on the moor would be gathered up until either their owner’s paid a fine for their release or they were sold at market in Lydford (the stock, not the owners).
For some odd reason which now escapes me, I suggested that Blonde One and I pace around the circumference of the pound in order to find out how big it was – well, it was a nice day (at last) and we had done more waiting than walking so far that day. We set off in different directions and because our paces are so well matched, met each other at exactly half way around and calculating the distance to be 300 metres.
We should have stopped at that and been pleased with ourselves but I made the mistake then of trying to do some maths to work out the area of the pound. We ended up having a bizarre conversation about pi – it had been so long since I did proper maths that I couldn’t remember what number pi was and Blonde One kept insisting that pi was steak and ale because that was what we had eaten the night before. I challenged her with the suggestion that, even between us, we could never have eaten a pie as big as Dunnabridge Pound so we compromised by deciding to ask the youngsters to work out the area when we next met them.
They did this without even batting an eyelid and it turns out that Dunnabridge Pound covers an area somewhere around 7162 square metres which is a bit like one and a half acres but with no steak and ale at all.
All the hard work done, we had a Two Blondes cuppa sitting on the “Judges Table” which is more chair-like than its name suggests. It is also very old but theories as to its use seem to have caused a lot of controversy through the ages. If you want more info about Dunnabridge Pound or the Judges Table, I refer you once again to the fascinating Legendary Dartmoor website http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/dunna_bridge.htm.