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The Three Crowns, Chagford

Built of Dartmoor granite, the Three Crowns in Chagford retains an in depth sense of history, with its great open fireplaces and fine oak beams still in their original state of preservation.

Chagford is one of four medieval Stannary towns on Dartmoor, situated high above the River Teign. The name of Chagford means ‘gorse ford’ from the old dialect word chag (gorse, broom), and the ford being that over the River Teign which is crossed by Chagford Bridge and has existed since before 1224.

Chagford had grown as a market centre for the wide moorland areas as early as the 12th century. In 1305 it was made a Stannary town where tinners had to bring their metal for coinage. The Stannary brought prosperity to Chagford, which later became an important woollen centre. This dwindled in time and, in the early 20th century, Chagford grew again as a holiday and residential town for those who thrive on moorland air.
Sitting opposite the Three Crowns is the church of St Michael of Archangel, a fine example of a 15th Century granite church with parts dating back to the 13th Century.

More detailed information about Chagford for those who enjoy digging a bit deeper, The Chagford History Society website has maps, trails and an interesting selection of old photographs.