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HER Number:MDV104286
Name:Tavistock Gas Works

Summary

Gas works shown on 19th century map, at the west end of Ford Road.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 474 740
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GAS WORKS (Built, XIX - 1832 AD to 1839 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

'Gas Works' shown at west end of Ford Road.
Map object based on this source.


The Tavistock and District Local History Society, 1994, About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks, 26 (Monograph). SDV354806.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object based on this source.


Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 281-283, fig 8.52-3 (Monograph). SDV361789.

The Tavistock Gasworks is shown on the 1867 Bedford Estate plan of Tavistock. Located on the western edge if the town, it was first proposed in 1832, with machinery and pipes supplied by the Neath Abbey Ironworks in South Wales in 1838.
Waterhouse provides a plan of the gas works, which is a compact site with initially only one circular gas holder; another added at a later date. Photographs of the works in the early 1900s in the Tavistock Museum collection taken shortly before the closure of the site in 1905, partly because there was no possibility to expand the site, which was moved elsewhere in the town. The manager's house survives, although the gasworks buildings and holders were demolished and the site was built over in 2009.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV354806Monograph: The Tavistock and District Local History Society. 1994. About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks. About Tavistock: An Historical Introduction and Six Town Walks. A5 Paperback. 26.
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 281-283, fig 8.52-3.

Associated Monuments

MDV124525Parent of: Manager's house, Tavistock Gasworks (Building)
MDV123232Related to: Tavistock Canal, Main record (Monument)
MDV111498Related to: Tavistock Gas Works (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 10 2019 12:11PM