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HER Number:MDV28209
Name:Branch railway at Swell Tor Quarry


Section of railway from the Plymouth - Princetown line connecting the Swell Tor Quarry. One of the main reasons for building the original tramway and later railway was to take away Dartmoor granite for use elsewhere.


Grid Reference:SX 563 732
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

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/245
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAILWAY (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Kendall, H. G., 1968, The Plymouth and Dartmough Railway and its Forerunners, Plan facing page 25 (Monograph). SDV340944.

Sketch plan shows the branch connecting Swell Tor Quarry to the Princetown Line.

National Monument Record, 1976, SX5672, 3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267145.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Railway visible and recorded.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

The line of this track is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV267145Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1976. SX5672. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 3.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV340944Monograph: Kendall, H. G.. 1968. The Plymouth and Dartmough Railway and its Forerunners. The Plymouth and Dartmough Railway and its Forerunners. Paperback Volume. Plan facing page 25.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #85977 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV19112Related to: Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway (Dartmoor section) (Monument)
MDV5006Related to: Quarry south-west of King's Tor, Dartmoor (Monument)
MDV5004Related to: Swell Tor Quarries, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 13 2018 11:19AM