Cornwall and Devon The Tavistock Canal: Its History and Archaeology (softback)

The Tavistock Canal: Its History and Archaeology (softback)

The Tavistock Canal: Its History and Archaeology (softback)
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Robert Waterhouse, A4, sb, 538 pps

The Tavistock Canal opened in 1817, having been 14 years in the building. Barely four and a half
miles long, it had an active life of little more than half a century; unconnected to any other inland
waterway, it survives to this day as a leisure resource and a feeder to one of England’s few hydroelectric
power stations. The story of the canal is interlinked with that of the mines in the Tamar
Valley. For many years the canal company also managed mines and the canal’s course was
deliberately laid out with a view to intersecting as many mineral lodes as possible. Mining
entrepreneur, John Taylor, was involved in its construction and management as well as the
development of mines which were a direct consequence of the canal.
The Trevithick Society is delighted to publish this history of the Tavistock Canal to mark the
bicentenary of its opening. This has been possible only with the help of generous organisational and
private sponsors. Author Robert Waterhouse knows the canal well and worked locally as
archaeologist at the canal port of Morwellham. His book runs to some 500 pages, paperback and
limited hardback editions will be published in October 2017 in A4 format, priced at £30 and £50
The book is fully illustrated with contemporary photographs, maps and most notably with Robert’s
superb measured drawings of the canal and its ancillary structures. Many of the most detailed
structures will be on a DVD at the back of the book to do them full justice. 500 pages may seem a lotfor the history of a canal which had such a short life; it is important to stress that it covers not only
the canal itself but the history and industrial archaeology of its whole catchment area. This includes
the mines, quays, tramways and plateways connected with the canal and its operation. This is a
major and definitive study of this part of the Tamar Valley and readers will be surprised at the
variety of technology used there in the early nineteenth century.
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