Steeped in History

The Exeter archives reveal that there has been an Inn on the site of the Ring O’Bells since well before the sixteenth century although it was much smaller than it is today and has twice in it’s history been destroyed by fire.

The upper part of the front of the building was a site of the Stannary Courts where matters were dealt with relating to the Stannary parliaments. These were the body of people who were responsible for the weighing and assaying of tin and silver found on Dartmoor which would by law, have to receive the Kings stamp before being sold. The Royal personage received a tax from the Tinners as a result of their endeavours!

Towards the rear of the first floor was a Crowner Court, known today as a Coroners Court. Now, the Ring O’Bells encompasses the whole site although in years past the ground floor was occupied by a Butcher and the beasts were slaughtered in the barn which used to stand in the rear courtyard.  Not so many years ago the stone barn was demolished and now there is a pretty walled courtyard garden to the rear of the building instead.

Today, Chagford is a popular tourist destination, with lots of charm. Situated at the gateway to Dartmoor, the surrounding countryside is simply stunning. This Devon town has a thriving community and properties in the area achieve high prices. There is a variety of shops in the town and many cultural events throughout the year to celebrate the vibrant arts community. There is certainly plenty to do in this beautiful part of Devon but it goes without saying that a Devon cream tea with locally-produced Devonshire clotted cream is an absolute must whilst you’re in town!

The Gallery

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The Area

Chagford is a small town on the north-east edge of Dartmoor, in Devon, England, close to the River Teign

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