Stephen's Grave, Peter Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

Stephen's Grave, Peter Tavy, Dartmoor National Park

In his 'Guide to Dartmoor', William Crossing wrote:

'Retracing our steps northward to the peat track (T.16), we turn L., shortly afterwards reaching a mound close beside it. This is known as Stephens' Grave [sic], and marks the site where a suicide was buried with the barbarous rites once customary. George Stephens was a youth of Peter Tavy, and was driven to take his life by the unfaithfulness of the girl to whom he was betrothed. It is said that at the moment he was laid here some linen that was hanging out to bleach at Higher Godsworthy was caught up into the air and never more seen.'