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Laughter Tor

Standing Stone / Menhir


This silly story sounds like it could apply to Dunnabridge Pound, but the location doesn't quite tally up. There are quite a few little enclosures in this area, so maybe it refers to one of those instead.
Mounting the steep bank we crossed the road, and passing up by the ruined buildings which were connected with Brimpts Mine, we pointed straight for Loughter Tor. On the slope of this tor, near the summit, is a kind of small cattle pound, an oblong enclosure with high walls, having a gateway on its higher side. It is jocularly reputed to have been constructed as "a measure for sheep"! Instead of counting the animals they were driven within this enclosure, and as the exact number of sheep it would contain was known, when it was full all trouble of counting was unnecessary, and so it was said the sheep instead of being numbered, were measured!
From 'Amid Devonia's Alps' by William Crossing (1888).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th January 2010ce
Edited 15th January 2010ce

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