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November 28, 2020
KINGS OVEN (FURNUM REGIS)
Whilst completing my fourth Perambulation of the bounds of the Forest of Dartmoor as part of the 780th anniversary (1240-2020), one of the waypoint locations, I transited was Furnum Regis (literal translation “oven to the king”). In the later Perambulation of 1608 the name had changed to Kinges Oven or Kings Oven. It it thought that Furnum Regis refers to an ancient blowing house, from the fabled King Arthur’s era, sometimes referred to as King Arthur’s Oven.
But where exactly is Furnum Regis (Kings Oven)? Most of the Victorian Antiquarians and the modern OS map place it on the eastern slopes of Water Hill, whereas some evidence suggests it is the cairn on Water Hill. This post is my attempt to provide some photographs of the area and my understanding and brief summary of information I have found. Due reference to: a) Dartmoor Magazine Summer 1995 – article by Dr Tom Greeves; b) High Dartmoor – Eric Hemery; c) Atlas of Dartmoor Antiquities, the North – Jeremy Butler, d) Dartmoor Boundary Markers – Dave Brewer, e) A perambulation of Dartmoor – Samuel Rowe, f) Guide to Dartmoor – William Crossing, g) An exploration of Dartmoor and its antiquities by John Page
Summary: It would appear that William Crossing, Spence Bate, Robert Burnard, Samuel Rowe and possibly Eric Hemery believed that Furnum Regis was either the associated with the enclosure to the east of Water Hill or the modern building slightly to the north.
Summary: It would appear that Page, Bray, Butler, Brewer and Greeves all believe that Furnum Regis was either is associated with cairn / walled structure constructions on Water Hill.
So where does you believe the original perambulators located Furnum Regis, Kings Oven ?