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HER Number:MDV123284
Name:Crane at Tavistock Wharf


Site of a canal crane at Tavistock Wharf, marked on the historic maps. Originally there was also another opposite on the southern side of the canal basin at Gill & Company's wharf.


Grid Reference:SX 479 741
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

  • FIXED QUAY CRANE (Constructed, XIX - 1803 AD? to 1817 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'C' (crane) is marked on the late 19th century historic map, on the northern side of the canal at Tavistock Wharf.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

The early 20th century historic map also marks the site of the crane, now labelled in full.

Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 133, fig 5.15 (Monograph). SDV361789.

There were once two cranes operating on the canal wharfs at Tavistock; one on the north side of the canal basin, (which is marked on the historic mapping) partly shown on a post-abandonment photograph (fig 5.15) of Tavistock Wharf which includes a crane with a vertical post and jib, with hand-operated gearing mounted on its iron post. Another old photograph of Gill & Company's wharf (not referenced) shows another crane opposite it on the south side od the canal basin, upstream of the coal warehouse.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 133, fig 5.15.

Associated Monuments

MDV43882Part of: Tavistock Wharf, Tavistock Canal (Monument)
MDV4067Related to: Tavistock Canal, Northern Section (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 1 2018 11:03AM