Image of William Crossing


William Crossing (1847–1928) was a writer and chronicler of Dartmoor and the lives of its inhabitants. He lived part of his life here in Mary Tavy and was buried here at St. Mary’s Church in the village.

He’s considered to be one of the best authorities on Dartmoor and its antiquities, having made it the subject of his life’s work.

Of his 18 books, his most famous work was the book ‘Hundred years on Dartmoor’, a book you won’t want to put down! You’ll be amazed at how people lived on and around this fantastic landscape.

‘William Crossing’s’ Grave is located at the Church of St. Mary’s. Go to the top of the church yard, when you get there turn left, walk along the row for about 40 to 50 meters you should be there.