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HER Number:MDV9120
Name:Moretonhampstead Branch Line Railway from Newton Abbot to Heathfield

Summary

The Moretonhampstead branch opened in 1866. It closed to passengers in 1959 and to freight above Bovey Tracey in 1964. Freight still runs to Heathfield. It overlay the Haytor Granite Tramway for part of its course.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 835 756
Map Sheet:SX87NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNEWTON ABBOT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SW/7

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAILWAY (XIX to Late 20th Century - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Moreton Hampstead Branch marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 109SE* (Cartographic). SDV336786.

Minchinton, W. E., 1976, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 8 (Monograph). SDV7016.

The Moretonhampstead Line, a branch of the Great Western Railway, has ceased operating.

Thomas, D. St. J., 1981, A Regional History of Railways of Great Britain, 86-8 (Monograph). SDV168.

The Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway. Open on 4th July 1866 and worked by the South Devon Railway. Traffic was poor until the end of the century when tourism made an impact. After the war traffic declined and passengers ceased to be carried on 2nd March 1959. the section above Bovey Tracey was closed in 1964 to freight and withdrawn from Bovey Tracey in 1971. Freight still runs to Heathfield. The line overlies the Haytor Granite Tramway for part of its course. The terminus of the tramway where it met the Stover Canal was at Ventiford Wharf.

Devon County Council, 1988, Templer Way Guide for the Walker (Leaflet). SDV297243.

Harris, H., 1994, The Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal, 35-6,49 (Monograph). SDV341541.

The Newton and Moretonhampstead Railway Company was founded in 1858. Reconstituted in 1861 as the Moretonhampstead and south Devon Railway. Bought the Stover Canal and part of the Haytor Granite Tramway in 1862. Opened in 1866. Single track but bridges were built for double track width. The construction of the railway involved the destruction of the canal shipyard at Teigngrace Lock. At Ventiford the railway passes between the Stover Canal and the Granite Tramway.

1995, Jetty Marsh Link Road - Stage 2. Newton Abbot. Environmental Assessment Final Report (Report - Assessment). SDV319805.

Reed, S. J. + Turton, S. D., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 1 Overview, 26 (Report - Assessment). SDV336226.

Other details: Figure 7, site 8.

Exeter Archaeology, 2002, Archaeological Assessment of Tottiford to Newton Abbot Trunk Main, 11 (Report - Assessment). SDV281233.

Moretonhamstead Branch railway was constructed to Brunel's broad guage in the 1860s & followed the course of the Haytor Granite Tramway for part of its length.

Whiteaway, T., 2003, Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 2: Site Specific Information. East Golds Marshes, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV336098.

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

Askew Nelson Ltd, 2014, Stover Park. Parkland Plan, 42 (Un-published). SDV358318.

The railway, which opened in 1866, ran over the course of the granite railway from Brimley to Ventiford and then alongside the canal to Newton Abbot.

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. 86-8.
SDV281233Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2002. Archaeological Assessment of Tottiford to Newton Abbot Trunk Main. Exeter Archaeology Report. 02.78. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11.
SDV297243Leaflet: Devon County Council. 1988. Templer Way Guide for the Walker. Templer Way Guide for the Walker. Unknown.
SDV319805Report - Assessment: 1995. Jetty Marsh Link Road - Stage 2. Newton Abbot. Environmental Assessment Final Report. Babtie Group. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV336098Report - Assessment: Whiteaway, T.. 2003. Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 2: Site Specific Information. East Golds Marshes. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.09. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336226Report - Assessment: Reed, S. J. + Turton, S. D.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Bovey Basin Mineral Site. Part 1 Overview. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.80. A4 Stapled + Digital. 26.
SDV336786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 109SE*. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV341541Monograph: Harris, H.. 1994. The Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal. The Haytor Granite Tramway and Stover Canal. A5 Paperback. 35-6,49.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #109329 ]
SDV358318Un-published: Askew Nelson Ltd. 2014. Stover Park. Parkland Plan. Digital. 42.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1976. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 8.

Associated Monuments

MDV21196Related to: Boat Yard on Stover Canal at Teigngrace (Monument)
MDV18193Related to: CLAY STORE in the Parish of Teigngrace (Monument)
MDV8054Related to: Dartmoor Section of the Moretonhampstead and South Devon Railway (Monument)
MDV71101Related to: EMBANKMENT in the Parish of Teigngrace (Monument)
MDV19593Related to: Haytor Granite Tramway (Monument)
MDV8068Related to: Haytor Granite Tramway, Haytor to Stover Canal (Monument)
MDV52176Related to: MILEPOST in the Parish of Teigngrace (Monument)
MDV8967Related to: RAILWAY in the Parish of Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV56667Related to: RAILWAY SIDING in the Parish of Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV46489Related to: Section of the Haytor Granite Tramway in the Parish of Teigngrace (Monument)
MDV9148Related to: Stover Canal (Monument)
MDV52152Related to: Teigngrace Halt (Building)
MDV56666Related to: The Haytor Granite Tramway (Monument)
MDV56674Related to: Wharf on the River Teign (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV238 - Archaeological Assessment of Tottiford to Newton Abbot Trunk Main

Date Last Edited:Jul 14 2020 9:31AM