Morwellham Quay


Morwellham Quay
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Exe estuary
Budleigh Salterton
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Morwellham Quay is by the River Tamar near Tavistock in Devon, it was used to ship out the products of the local mines and is now a museum, it was also the setting of the BBC TV series "Edwardian Farm"

This impressive water wheel used to provide power for crushing ore.



Scene at Morwellham Quay

Part of the village including the shop and the inn - which is more a café than a pub and serves very nice pasties and Wadworth's 6X!


Ruth's Edwardian Farm cottage at Morwellham

Ruth's Edwardian Farm cottage at Morwellham

Nearby is this cottage which featured as Ruth's Cottage in the TV series "Edwardian Farm".  It's worth noting that despite being used for a "farm" series the site is mainly about industrial heritage.




Hydro-electric power station at Morwellham Quay

Having said it's about industrial heritage right next to it is this operational hydro-electric power station, the water enters via the large black pipe on the left of the building.


The River Tamar at Morwellham Quay

Looking up river here it seems odd that this tranquil country setting was once a bustling industrial complex.


River Tamar at Morwellham Quay

Turning round, the power station is seen as a small feature in this lovely wooded valley.  Incidentally, the River Tamar is still tidal at this point and for about a mile further up.


School at Morwellham

Morwellham Quay is a complete village, this is the playground at the village school.


Village scene at Morwellham

The inn again, with industrial remains behind and above that the church half hidden in the trees.


Large Black sow at Morwellham

Large Black sow and piglets

The farm has a variety of livestock including the Large Black pigs - on the left you can see how a sow really chills out on a hot afternoon!


Ram and geese at Morwellham

Nearby this ram had some geese for company.



Plough at the farm

Besides the animals there are a variety of horse drawn implements and vehicles on display including this unusual turnover plough.


Paddle steamer Monarch at Morwellham Quay

Paddle wheel of the Monarch

This small paddle steamer (the smallest in the world!), the "Monarch" was on the slipway during our visit.  She has room for just 12 passengers, previously she operated on the River Medina on the Isle of Wight.


Ketch Garlandstone in dock at Morwellham Quay

Ketch GarlandstoneKetch GarlandstoneThe ketch "Garlandstone" is in the Great Dock at Morwellham, she was one of the very last commercial sailing ships to be built and is typical of the type of vessel that used to carry the ore away from here.



Assay office

The Assay Laboratory where the quality of the ore was measured.



View of the dock at Morwellham

A view over the dock, the trestles carried tramway wagons out to tip the ore into ships in the dock.



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