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Ruthvoes is a small village on the northwest edge of Goss Moor near to the A30 trunk road.

The name is pronounced locally as Ruthers.

The holy well of St Columba the Virgin is located here. The legend surrounding her death by beheading is responsible for the name of the village - rudh meaning 'red' and fos meaning 'wall or dyke'.

A local chieftain had fallen in love with the Celtic St Columba and relentlessly pursued her despite her lack of interest in his affections. She became trapped by a wall in the area where Ruthvoes now stands and refusing his affections he lost his temper and cut off her head with his sword. Her blood spilled onto the wall staining it red and giving the village its name.

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