Highampton Local History Group

2020: January to June


There was no meeting in January.  As in previous years, several members enjoyed a New Year dinner at the Half Moon Inn, Sheepwash.  Good food and excellent company.


For our February meeting, Charles introduced Simon Dell who gave the group a very entertaining illustrated talk on the Tavistock Canal.

Simon took the group on a walk along the canal from Tavistock to Morwellham Quay. The canal took 14 years to build and includes a one and a half mile long tunnel through to Morwellham Quay.

Many interesting facts about the route of the canal and its connections with mining in both Devon and Cornwall were brought to life by Simon's enthusiasm and detailed knowledge.  At one point the copper mine at Mary Tavy was the largest in the world! and the area around Tavistock, Mary Tavy and much of West Devon mines produced half the world’s supply of Arsenic!!

The evening closed with the usual refreshments.

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