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The copyright is held by the Devon Cattle Breeder’s Society in England and we thank them for the authorisation to use this material. The origins of the breed A fat Devon heifer exhibited by the Duke of Bedford at the Smithfield Show Although there can be no doubt that the Devon can be numbered among the earliest breeds of domesticated cattle, historians have not so far succeeded in ascertaining the period when they first became an integral part of agriculture in the South West of England. In the Devon Cattle Breeders Society commissioned James Sinclair, the editor of the Livestock Journal and Agricultural Gazette, to produce a History of the Devon Breed and in this he was assisted by William Houseman, who had previously published works on various breeds of cattle and had also conducted research into the aboriginal races. They were unable to find any direct evidence that the Devon was descended from the aboriginal race of cattle in Britain, or for that matter, that any parent stock of another breed from another country had been introduced at any particular time to produce them. Nevertheless, they were able to quote many reliable testimonies to the antiquity of the breed. Sinclair recalled that Professor Boyd Dawkins had claimed that the only domestic cattle known in Britain before the Anglo-Saxon conquest were the Longifrons race introduced in the Neolithic age. The conclusions, so far as the Devon was concerned, were that the shape of the head, the length and fineness of the face, and the smallness of the bones, appeared to afford evidence of descent from the Longifrons.

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Chapter 1 provides an introduction to the Quaternary. Chapter 2 synthesizes the geomorphological development and Quaternary history of the region, and outlines the principles involved in site selection. The individual GCR site descriptions form the core of the book. In the following chapters, sites are arranged and described in broad geographic areas and by research topic. This is necessitated by the widely disparate nature of the field evidence in Soutb West England:

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Click to playTap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Get Daily updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribingSee our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email The risk of more devastating tsunamis than previously estimated has risen because of climate change, according to new findings published today.

Tsunamis are destructive fast-moving waves that can be triggered by earthquakes, mountain slides, or meteor impacts. They have hit the Devon and Cornwall coast at least twice before according to historians – causing large numbers of deaths and destruction. In the 11th century a massive wave was thought to have been caused by an asteroid falling at sea and in the 18th century an earthquake off Lisbon was responsible. But now because of sea-levels rising the risks for coastal communities around the world are growing.

In the new study researchers warned that what was previously assumed to be the ‘absolute worst case’ now appears to be ‘modest’ for what is predicted in some locations. Previous models published in show waves up to 4. But now those models are out of date. The new findings show the likely increase of flooding would also move further inland than previously estimated from tsunamis following earthquakes. It would not be the first time that a tsunami has hit the South West of England.


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The Southwest of England is quiet, but it boasts an active cultural life. So driving from London to North Devon, in the southwest of England bordering on the Irish Sea, can be discombobulating this time of year. Spring in this part of the country is a good two to three weeks behind London. Or London Spring is two to three weeks ahead of where it should be—it depends on your perspective. Of course, out here they had a very wet and stormy winter—London was relatively peaceful by comparison. Not as bad as further south, but still pretty bad.

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The clip starts with Kim opening the red and blue bound book and showing the scribbled notes, drawings, photographs of clowns and bits of comic books. Going inside the role: The diary is a red and blue bound book filled with scribbled notes, drawings, photographs of clowns and bits of comic books Last role: The actor in his final film part Different inspiration: In the clip Heath’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar – which he won posthumously for the role – can be seen ‘This is the diary,’ Kim says in the clip posted to Reddit Thursday evening.

Sitting next to the star’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar – which he won posthumously for the role – the diary shows that Heath took a lot of inspiration from Malcolm McDowell’s character in a Clockwork Orange and even from hyenas.


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For a more complete list of Devon’s towns and villages have a look at the Devon gazetteer page. For centuries an important shipbuilding centre, Appledore is now home to the North Devon Maritime Museum. A large, privately owned indoor shipyard continues to employ Ashburton Ashburton lies in the heart of the South Devon countryside on the southern slopes of Dartmoor. It is roughly half way between Plymouth and Exeter and is an ideal base from which to explore the whole region from the moor to the coast.

Among the various activities offered in the area are walking, pony trekking, canoeing It lies to the north of Dartmoor and to the west of the beautiful Exmoor National Park. There are some lovely beaches not far away around Saunton Bideford Bideford is an attractive town on the west bank of the River Torridge, where the river begins to widen to form the estuary.

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It reveals many more axe carvings and much new information on how the stones were shaped. The analysis found 71 new axehead carvings, increasing the number known at Stonehenge to This is around a years after the big sarsen stone circle was erected. Contrary to press reports, Stonehenge was not a huge art gallery – these carvings are found only on four stones.

The scanning has also revealed incredible detail on how the stones were shaped. Some were “pecked” with stone mauls in horizontal lines, others with vertical lines. The study, just published online by English Heritage and free to download, also provides information on how much damage has been caused by souvenir hunters chipping off bits of stone, or by visitors carving graffiti – including Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of 17th century London!

Download the full report here: Using the latest geophysical imaging techniques, which “see” below the ground without excavation, it is possible to make out a dark circle of interrupted ditch. There are two wider gaps opposite each other – these were entrances to the monument and are aligned on the midwinter sunset and midsummer sunrise – like Stonehenge itself.

Inside the ditch it is also possible to discern the slight shadows of 24 postholes encircling the the central area, 25 metres in diameter. Near the centre are more dark areas indicating pits, and a large shadow suggesting that a mound was constructed there, perhaps in a later phase of the monument’s use. The henge probably dates to around BC, contemporary with Stonehenge.

History is set to be rewritten after an archaeology team led by the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria discovered a major ceremonial monument less than one kilometre away from the iconic Stonehenge.

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In the close proximity is the nursing home, open fields, light industrial and residential. Planning consent has been granted for 58 homes subject to a Agreement. There is a vast wealth of original features including beamed ceilings, doors and stone inglenook fireplaces. Being offered on the open market with no onward chain. This boutique inspired bed and breakfast is furnished in contemporary style from top to bottom, whilst retaining many of the original Georgian features.

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Debbie Harris- Cullompton i love the old dialect, i love listening to it and i will do everything to make sure not all of it dissapears!!! Eleanor from Scotland Where abouts in Devon do you think that the local accent is disappearing and where are you likely to hear a traditional Devon accent? Martin Spray, Forest of Dean, Glos. I’m interested in bracken. Here in the Forest of Dean it’s just called fern, and there’s a lot of it.

There’s a local tradition of couples using ‘fern tickets’ when they need privacy. Am I right in thinking this is a name still used in Devon as well? Jo,Exeter Yerrrrrrr right means i agree. Who said English people all talk “posh”! My ol’ Dad had a number of sayings which I’ve only ever heard in Devon. For instance he would say that someone was “as daft as a brish ” meaning as daft as a brush or stupid.

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