A collection of English customs, curiosities, forgotten stories and unusual happenings.
VOTE OF THANKS
Thank-yous come in many forms: a brief, polite letter, a bunch of flowers, perhaps a bottle of wine, a return invitation and very occasionally something out of the ordinary. There can be few more unusual acknowledgements of services rendered than the one received by the people of the Dartmoor village of Wide-combe-in-the Moor in 1920. And you should not suppose it came through the post or delivered by the local florist.
Surprise, surprise! It was a 15-inch naval shell – deactivated! But what had they done to deserve this? Today, nearly a century later, the shell still stands by Church House with a small brass plate presented by the National War Savings Committee that explains all. During World War I, villagers searched the wet places of the moor collecting sphagnum moss for use in the treatment of wounds.
An out-of-the-ordinary gift for an all-too-important task.
View of Dartmoor from the church in Widecombe-in-the-moor.
This 15" naval shell made an unusual gift for the people of Widecombe-in-the-moor.