Morwellham Quay 1970s to 1990s - JHLPHOTOGRAPHY
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Morwellham Quay - April 07, 1976

Morwell Down Tunnel - Tavistock Canal

The portal of the Tavistock Canal Tunnel commenced 1803 seen in April 1976 on my first visit to Morwellham Quay. The Tavistock Canal provided a link from the Dartmoor Stannary Town of Tavistock to the River Tamar Port of Morwellham Quay. The link from the canal down to the port being effected by an incline railway.Freight having to be trans-shipped to railway wagons which were lowered down a water powered incline plane.

The tunnel was excavated by noted mining engineer John Taylor work commencing in 1803 though the canal did not open in full until 1817.

Whilst no longer navigable, the canal is owned and maintained by South West Water which use it to supply the Morwellham Hydro Electric Power Station.

Camera: Kodak Brownie 127

Morwellham later became well known as the location of the BBC TV Edwardian Farm series.

The area around Morwellham is now part of the Cornwall and West Devon "Cornish Mining" World Heritage site.

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