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Peat Carts near Round Pound – Then and Now

In Crossing’s Dartmoor Worker, there is a photograph from 1903, which shows four horse drawn carts bringing peat back from Whitehorse Hill. The photograph was taken near Round Pound (or Roundy Pound) on the Batworthy Road. This “Then and Now” post shows very little has changed in the area.

Peat Cutting 1903
1903 picture near Round Pound. Kes Tor can be seen on the skyline. The leading figure is the moorman, Mr William Endacott. His son Jim, who would have been about 14 at the time is in charge of the last cart in the line.
Round Pound 2021
This June 2021 view is close to (but not exactly) the same location as per the 1903 picture. This picture is most likely approx 10-20m further up the road with the edge of Round Pound in the foreground. It is intriguing to see the trees are the only real differences between the pictures.
The combined picture is a bit of artistic licence by the author due to the locations of the two picture not being 100% from the same location. That said, Kes Tor has been used for sizing and some alignment in an attempt to bring 1903 into 2021.
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