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Old 31st Oct 11, 16:39
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Default Burrator Explore.

Headed out for a walk and decided to Detour of the road to check out a bridge I could see just out of the water.On heading down I noticed what look looked like a green lane (One of my interests) And decided to follow it At the end was Longstone manor the History of which is covered by Gray bags but briefly: Original manor Probably built in 1500 by John Elford and in Elford hands till 1895 When the dam was built and the roof removed to save on rates.
After exploring this site I continued to follow the lane as far much as possible eventually reaching sheepstor (Shittlestor) I headed round the and picked up a track on the far side. Following this lead to what I initially guessed to be an access peir of some sort but the two H bars sticking out of the ground and the large chain made me think and on researching I discovered:
"Work started on raising both the Burrator and Sheepstor Dams by 10 feet in December 1923. This would enlarge the capacity from 668 million gallons to 1,026 million. The work was financed by the Government as part of an unemployment relief programme. A suspension bridge was erected by Messrs Orr, Watt & Company, of Motherwell ion Scotland, near Burrator Dam to carry traffic while the work proceeded."
There was a sign at each end stating a weight limit of 10 tons and no Chas-a-banc!.
"However, that apparently did not deter Mr Russell Lillicrap, a timber merchant from Horrabridge, who drove his traction engine towing a threshing machine across it. The weight stretched the cables so much that they had to be repaired" a further trudge discovered at a guess a meter of some sort and what appeared to be a quarry. I hope this is of interest .

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