A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
September 27, 2022
South Hessary – a comparison 100 years apart
You would have thought that a granite tor would not have changed at all in a period of around 100 years. This post compares South Hessary Tor from a postcard from early 20th century with the same view in 2022. Apart from the obvious changes to vegetation and the demise of part of the drystone wall in front of the tor, the author noted there is one major change to the tor itself in this period.
South Hessary Tor is also known as ‘Look-out tor’. The name dates back to the beginning of the 19th century and relates to a stone and timber tower which was built approx 1/2 mile south – southeast of the tor. The tower was called ‘Look-out Castle’ and was built as to warn the local population of any pending invasion (from Napoleonic troops).