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HER Number:MDV80767
Name:Plymouth and Dartmoor railway, inclined plane


Site of an inclined plane; part of the Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway, constructed in the early 19th century to transport granite from the moor and to open up and develop the Princetown area. Section of the plane includes indentations where the sleepers removed from the railway were once located.


Grid Reference:SX 559 731
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains on Walkhampton Common including 19th century Swelltor and Foggintor Quarries, a section of the early 19th century Plymouth and Dartmoor Tramway, later converted to railway, also streamworks along the Yes Tor Brook

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INCLINED PLANE (XIX to Mid 20th Century - 1823 AD to 1956 AD (Between))

Full description

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 81-2 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Near the granite quarry at Froggintor, tracks from the quarry lead to the old course of the old Princetown-Plymouth railway line, where there were sidings for getting the stone away. One of these tracks, continuing across the railway, leads on to the Swell Tor Quarries, little more than a quarter mile distant, and showing some very deep workings. In making its extensive loop around King Tor during its steep ascent the railway also skirted the quarry on the south-western side, where immediate access for loading was available. Prominent still is the high embankment of the inclined plane down which the stone was conveyed from the quarry to the line.

Ryan, K., 2011, Dartmoor Cam - photographs from Dartmoor National Park (Website). SDV348092.

Images of the inclined plane south of Sweltor Quarry, Walkhampton shown as part of a walking route. Location indicated on map. Section of the plane includes indentations where the sleepers removed from the railway were once located.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 81-2.
SDV348092Website: Ryan, K.. 2011. Dartmoor Cam - photographs from Dartmoor National Park. www.dartmoorcam.co.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 8 2020 11:12PM