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Just A Spot Of History 
6th-Nov-2016 05:53 pm
Amen!
Last week I picked Jiffy up from the hairdressers and we picked Christine and went for a walk not far from where she lives in Newton Abbot.

As I copy, from Wikepedia, here is the information :-

Puritan's Pit (also known as Preacher's Pit, The Devil's Pit or Gruti's Pit) is a large steep-sided pit in the south side of the valley of the River Lemon in Bradley Woods, just west of the town of Newton Abbot in Devon, England. It is probably a collapsed limestone cavern and although it is about 12 metres deep and some 50 metres across at its widest, it is invisible from the river and the main path on the other side.

Puritan's Pit owes its notability to Willam Yeo, a Presbyterian clergyman who was installed as Rector of Wolborough in 1648 by Oliver Cromwell. Yeo was reportedly very assiduous in his duties and would walk around the town after Sunday service with a constable, to ensure that the sabbath was kept holy. After 14 years, however he was deprived of his living for refusing to acknowledge the post-Restoration Act of Uniformity.

In the years that followed, Yeo and his supporters met in Puritan's Pit by night to worship. At this time he was effectively an outlaw as can be seen from an order of sessions that was made in 1683 offering a reward of 40 shillings to anyone who apprehended a dissenting minister. The Act of Toleration 1689 brought this episode to a close, and Yeo's house was certified to be used as a place of worship.

Today the pit can be accessed via a steep path on the south side of the river. The bottom of the pit is covered with large limestone boulders and the remains of trees that have fallen in.
Well actually it's very overgrown now, but Christine said that many years ago they did do an inter-Church service there that she attended.



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The steps down -
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The rest of these pictures were taken on the walk

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Comments 
6th-Nov-2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
Walked near there several times; especially when I was a postman, but never actually visited.
30th-Nov-2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Very belated reply, I'm sorry.

I was just so glad I managed to get to see the Puritan's Pit. Although Christine was lucky that she had actually been to a service there.
6th-Nov-2016 06:25 pm (UTC)
Pretty badass history! :) And some nice pictures of early autumn in the forest... :p
30th-Nov-2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
Very belated reply, I'm sorry.

We have literally only lost our leaves over the last week,
6th-Nov-2016 07:15 pm (UTC)
Still quite a lot of green in those trees unlike here.
30th-Nov-2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
Very belated reply, I'm sorry.

We have literally only lost our leaves over the last week, but with temperatures staying around freezing most of the day over the last couple of days they have all gone now.
4th-Dec-2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
Saw your icon. Hallmark have two itty bitty wee plushie ewoks avialable just now. I f you can't find them near you, the franchise shop in Blairgowrie has them and I'll send a pair down to you.

Which reminds me. I have a book to send down to you for xmas. I shall need a snail mail addy. Last month has criminally distracted me, but that's a poor excuse.

kerk
4th-Dec-2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
*g* ... I do love Ewoks, it was always a "debate" that I have had with family and friends!!

Oh, you don't need to speak to me about the days rushing past ... I can't believe where this year has gone.

15, Dryden Rd, EX2 5BS
4th-Dec-2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
Cool. I'll pick up the teeny ewoks on the 12th and have them on their way, with the book, asap.
8th-Nov-2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed the pics! Thanks for sharing the history as well!
30th-Nov-2016 06:01 pm (UTC)
Very belated reply, I'm sorry.

One thing I love about LJ, being able to share photos ... and when I am able to get LJ time, good to learn about other people's history etc.
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