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HER Number:MDV73001
Name:Railway Storage Hut


20th century storage hut on the west side of the former Bere Alston to Tavistock section of the railway


Grid Reference:SX 464 717
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK HAMLETS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHED (XX - 1901 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Small square building shown on the west side of the railway on early 20th century map.

Smith, J. R., 2006, Bere Alston to Tavistock Railway: Archaeological Assessment, 27 (Report - Assessment). SDV336796.

Permanent Way Hut (Site 39) on the west side of the former Bere Alston to Tavistock section of the railway used by railway track maintenance gangs for storage & shelter. The pre-cast concrete hut was probably introduced by Southern Railway in the 1930s. The hut was overgrown & in poor condition in 2006 with most of the wall panels missing & the roof cracked. Other details: Fig 40.

Buck, C., 2015, Buctor Farm, Tavistock (Report - Assessment). SDV359746.

This study was commissioned by the landowner on behalf of Natural England as part of a Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Agreement Scheme and produced by Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Cornwall Council.

The Permanent Way Hut is constructed of standard pre-cast concrete and stands beside the west side of the line (looking north). It is very overgrown with trees and scrub, and is in poor condition. It appears to have suffered from vandalism, as most of the wall panels have gone and the roof is cracked and partly collapsed.

High significance rating, given their degree of survival.

Site should be retained, with a minimal amount of disturbance, however it is recognised that there are plans to re-instate the railway line, which may impact upon structures and archaeological/historical features throughout its length (and within the study area), the Shillamill Viaduct being perhaps the greatest recipient.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336796Report - Assessment: Smith, J. R.. 2006. Bere Alston to Tavistock Railway: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R006. A4 Stapled + Digital. 27.
SDV359746Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2015. Buctor Farm, Tavistock. Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2015R055. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV72928Part of: Tavistock to Bere Alston Railway (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4099 - Bere Alston to Tavistock Railway
  • EDV7058 - Archaeological Management Plan, Buctor Farm, Tavistock (Ref: 2015R055)

Date Last Edited:Aug 15 2016 12:52PM