So now we're under Dartmoor, in Okehampton. Jane Harris' father's family were rooted in the district for several - perhaps many centuries. I wanted to mark the route of that family prior to her grandfather William Harris' leaving his home-town and settling over in East Devon.
Following a recent visit to the town I decided to write an underlayer of 'description' conjuring the moorland, which here appears half visible beneath a poem I wrote after finding the graves of Jane's ggrandparents (and my generation's great great grandparents) Richard Harris and Jane Sprague (who probably spent their lives in Okehampton), in the graveyard of the church high above the town.
|Path leading up to Okehampton Church|
|Richard Harris and Jane Sprague -|
at Okehampton Church
Photo Julie Sampson
A slightly different version of 'As We Climbed the Slope' was published by Helen Ivory online, in Ink Sweat and Tears
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