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The Plague Market At Merrivale

Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue


About four miles east from Tavistock, and close by the road which leads from that town to Moreton-Hampstead, are several Circular arrangements and rows of stones, the origin of which is unknown. The tradition prevails, that they were collected and disposed in particular forms at a time when a dreadful plague raged at Tavistock, and that the inhabitants resorted to this place for provisions. The farmers bringing their marketable commodities, and placing them on certain stones, retired to a distance, when the purchasers took the goods, and left money in their place.
From 'The Beauties of England and Wales' volume IV, 1803.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th May 2011ce
Edited 17th May 2011ce

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