O/S Grid Ref: SX/57580/75623
Longitude/Latitude (Degrees+/-): -4.01220/50.56295
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to an employee of the Dartmoor Prison Farm who died at this
Size: The cross measures 13 inches (0.335
metres) long by 11½ inches (0.29 metres) across the arms and ¼ inch
(0.01 metres) deep. The shaft is 3¾ inches (0.095 metres) wide and
each arm is 3¾ inches (0.095 metres) long by 3½ inches (0.085 metres)
wide. The concrete base on which the cross is set measures 21 inches
(0.54 metres) by 16 inches (0.40 metres).
little cross, laying flat on the ground, is made up of three sections of granite set into a concrete
base. It was placed here, beside the Prison Leat, as a memorial to Prison Farm
employee Cyril Sinclair. One day, in July 1983, 54 year-old Cyril
was tasked to clear a section of the Prison Leat to keep the supply of
water flowing to the Prison Farm when he was caught up in a storm and
struck by lightning. Later, when it was realised that he hadn't
returned from his work a search party was sent out to find him.
Sadly, by the time they reached him, he had already succumbed to his
injuries and was dead.
would appear as though this disproves the theory of lightning not striking
twice in the same place as, some time before, a group of Prison Farm
bullocks were struck down and killed by lightning in the same spot.
Such was the interest in this event at the time that photos were taken of
the dead bullocks, which were then turned into postcards and sold.