By: Blonde Two

On Sunday, Mr Blonde Two and I set off for what turned out to be a rather “middle aged” Dartmoor outing.  I think it was the three churches Buckfast Abbey, Buckland-in-the-Moor, and Widecombe that made me feel a bit twinset and pearls.  Luckily we saved the day right at the end by a having a quick “very young person’s” scramble up Bell Tor in search of possible bivvi sites.

Our main trip goal was to visit St Peter’s at Buckland-in-the-Moor (we all know that it is in the moor now so I will drop that bit).  If you want to find a lovely, chocolate box bit of Dartmoor then head for Buckland.  Because of the middle-aged thing, I couldn’t bring myself to take any pictures of the cottages but here is the church (St Peter’s).  It sits on a hill and is, well, just very “Dartmoor”.

Buckland Church

There were two reasons that I wanted to visit St Peter’s.  One was that it ticked off another of my squares in the Dartmoor 365 book (current total 148) and the second was the clock. At first glance, the clock looks like any other church clock, it is clean and shiny and there are some lovely chimes (apparently “All Things Bright and Beautiful” but I didn’t hear that). You could easily pass by without looking twice at it.  On closer examination, however, you realise that this clock is lacking something rather fundamental – it has no numbers (Roman or otherwise).  Look carefully at the picture below and you will see that the words “My Dear  Mother” are spelt out on the clock’s face.

Buckland Church ClockThe clock was commissioned by William Whitely in 1931 as a memorial to his father (I am being silly here, of course it was his mother).  This is the same chap who arranged for the Ten Commandment Stones to be carved up at Buckland Beacon see previous post –  We didn’t stay too long as it was rather chilly up there and we were hungry.  After all, it was already T past A when we arrived!