The Tavistock Canal - its History and Archaeology

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Following some sixteen years of research, archaeologist Robert Waterhouse is publishing his much anticipated new work covering the detailed history and archaeology of the Tavistock Canal in west Devon. Published in partnership, the book will be launched at a special event at Tavistock Museum, from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 11th November.

Constructed by the renowned mining engineer/entrepreneur John Taylor from 1803 to 1817, the major feat of engineering which constituted the Tavistock Canal - part of the World Heritage Site - became the principal means of conveying many thousands of tons of copper ore and materials, to and from Morwellham Quay on the River Tamar.

In what promises to be a lavishly illustrated volume, Robert has included survey drawings, maps and photographs, including underground and surface details of the 1.5 mile long Morwelldown Canal Tunnel.

Book copies will be held by the Trevithick Society and Tormark Press, but it is advisable to obtain copies direct from Book Stop, Tavistock, or at the launch, to minimise the postage fee in shipping this heavyweight volume. Priced at £50 for the hardback and £30 for the paperback, it is recommended that copies are bought early as sales are expected to be brisk with this long awaited work.

To view the book flier, please click here.