Tad, the Great Dane
On the south east side of the mill, towards the
road, carved into the rock is a Latin verse. Around
about the early 1800s the vicar of St James'
Church was heartbroken when his beloved Great
Dane affectionately known as“Tad” died. In his
grief he had a Latin verse inscribed, the
translation of which is as follows:
“FOR THEE TAD, GREAT DOG, BOTH THE BREEZE
AND THE ROCKS OF THIS WORN HILL MOURN
TOGETHER; TO THEE LET THE HILL BE DEDICATED
FOR EVER FROM HENCEFORTH THOU SHALT RUN
EVERYWHERE ON SIX FEET”
Six feet is apparently a reference to the Latin
hexameter, a line of verse in six measures or feet.