Peter Tavy Inn is believed to date from at least the 17th century, although it may actually be 15th century, according to one source (Quick: 1992, Dartmoor Inns). It was originally a farm cottage and blacksmith’s shop. It is possible that the original cottage was built to house stonemason’s and workers who were employed to repair the walls and tower of the Church during the 15th century. The inn was extended and altered in 19th and 20th centuries. An intriguing story is that the famous escapee, Frank ‘Axeman’ Mitchell (the only man to escape from Princetown prison without recapture) is said to have visited and possibly stayed here around 1965 with his bills being paid by one of the notorious Kray twins. Source: Dartmoor HER records.
October 5, 2021