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Morwellham is located within West Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Tavistock Hundred. Historic buildings listed in: Tavistock Hamlets.
Maps: The image below is of the Morwellham area on Donn's one inch to the mile survey of 1765.
On the County Series Ordnance Survey mapping the area is to be found on 1:2,500 sheet 111/2 Six inch (1:10560) sheet 111NW
Extract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954), included by kind permission of the copyright holder:
Morwellham quay,[ near Tavistock] was reached by an inclined plane. The canal barges were loaded on to trolleys, which ran down the grooved rails of the plane, controlled by a windlass and chain, to the quay on the Tamar where ships of 200 tons could lie. The cutting of the canal was done largely by the labour of French prisoners of war, and involved the driving of a tunnel nearly 2 m. long through the heart of Morwell Down. The canal was opened in 1817, carried a great traffic for many years, but went out of use by the 1890s. Mining had largely ceased by then, and such traffic as there was went by rail. The canal lies silent but not useless, for in 1933-4 it was cleaned out to provide power for supplying electricity to the neighbourhood. It now makes a delightful summer evening's walk as far as the mouth of the tunnel. The deserted Morwellham quay, once the scene of so much activity, is also a picturesque spot for a visit, and a picnic among the ruins.
|Creator:||Devon Library and Information Services|
|Title:||Morwellham community page|
|Imprint:||Exeter : Devon Library and Information Services|
|Format:||Web page : HTML|
|Series:||Devon community web pages ; GAZMOR9|
|Ref. no.:||WEB GAZMOR9|
|Coverage:||Devon . Morwellham . History . Web pages|
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