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HER Number:MDV22462
Name:Newton Abbot Section of the South Devon Railway


Originally designed by Brunel as an atmospheric railway, the South Devon Railway reached Newton Abbot in 1846.


Grid Reference:SX 871 711
Map Sheet:SX87SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingsteignton
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSTEIGNTON
Ecclesiastical ParishWOLBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1359294
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SE/169

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAILWAY (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Thomas, D. St. J., 1981, A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain, 66-86 (Monograph). SDV168.

The South Devon Railway. The bill for the railway was passed on 4th July 1844. Originally designed by Brunel as an atmospheric railway it reached Teignmouth 30th May 1846 and Newton Abbot on 30th December 1846. Atmospheric trains began carrying passengers to Teignmouth on 13th September 1847 and to Newton Abbot on 10th January 1848. On 23rd February 1848 the total Exeter-Newton abbot service went atmospheric, but it was abandoned on 6th September 1848. The line to Totnes was opened to passengers on 20th July 1847 and Totnes to Laira on 5th May 1848. The final stretch from Laira to Millbay was opened on 2nd April 1849. The line was taken over by the Great Western Railway from 1st February 1876. It is still in use although most of the minor stations were closed 1960-1964.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Pink, F., 2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV168Monograph: Thomas, D. St. J.. 1981. A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain. A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain. 1. Unknown. 66-86.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #83422 ]
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. ACD618/4/3. Digital.
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Associated Monuments

MDV121004Related to: Carriage House, Forde Close, Newton Abbot (Building)
MDV64448Related to: Engine Shed at Newton Abbot Station (Building)
MDV103993Related to: Engine Shed to north of Newton Abbot Station (Building)
MDV61346Related to: Great Western Railway Workshops, Newton Abbot (Monument)
MDV22635Related to: South Devon Railway, Exeter Section (Monument)
MDV17775Related to: South Devon Railway, Teignmouth Section (Monument)
MDV121007Related to: Wall along west side of Forde Close, Newton Abbot (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 14 2020 1:09PM