The creation of peat passes was the work of Frank Phillpotts, whose vision was to provide a safe passage for hunters and cattlemen across the deep fen of North Dartmoor; terrain which was typically impassable during wet winters. A number of granite posts were erected, usually at either end of the passes, to mark where the traveller could make his passage across drier ground. The stones' text is as follows: "THIS STONE MARKS / A CROSSING THROUGH / THE PEAT, WHICH MAY BE / OF USE TO HUNTING AND / CATTLEMEN; THE CROSSING / WAS MADE BY FRANK PHILLPOTTS, / WHO DIED OCTOBER 1909. / IT IS KEPT UP IN / HIS MEMORY / BY HIS BROTHER AND SON."
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