Tavistock  Devon


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Tavistock like this:

Tavistock.-- market town and par., Devon, on river Tavy, 16½ miles N. of Plymouth and 213¼ from London by rail, 11,450 ac., pop. 6914; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Friday. Tavistock depends chiefly on the neighbouring tin and copper mines, but has also some trade in farm produce. ...

There are still a few remains of the great abbey, which was founded in 961, and which passed at the dissolution to the Russells, who take hence the title of marquis. Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596) was a native of Tavistock, which returned 2 members to Parl. from the time of Edward III. until 1867, and 1 member from 1867 until 1885.

Tavistock through time

Tavistock is now part of West Devon district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Devon has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Tavistock itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tavistock in West Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd May 2024

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