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Peter Tavy Inn

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.

Peter Tavy Inn 1
Map showing the location of the Inn in the village
Peter Tavy Inn 2
Peter Tavy Inn from 1930. The area in front of the inn buy the wall was used for horses, when earlier in the century they came to the blacksmiths forge opposite the inn.
Peter Tavy Inn 3
Peter Tavy Inn – September 2021
Peter Tavy Inn 4
Combined 1930 and 2021 pictures
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