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Morwellham community page

Morwellham is located within West Devon local authority area. Historically it formed part of Tavistock Hundred. Historic buildings listed in: Tavistock Hamlets.

You can look for other material on the community by using the place search on the main local studies database. Further historical information is also available on the Genuki website.

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
The National Grid reference for the centre of the area is SX446697. On the post 1945 National Grid Ordnance Survey mapping the sheets are: 1:10,000 (six inch to a mile: sheet SX46NW, 1:25,000 mapping: sheet Explorer 108, Landranger (1:50,000) mapping: sheet 201. Geological sheet 337 also covers the area.

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
Date: 2004
Format: Web page : HTML
Series: Devon community web pages ; GAZMOR9
Ref. no.: WEB GAZMOR9
Coverage: Devon . Morwellham . History . Web pages

Last Updated: 18/05/2005

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