Mary Tavy

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Coordinates: 50°35′29″N 4°07′14″W / 50.59141°N 4.12051°W / 50.59141; -4.12051

Mary Tavy
Mary Tavy is located in Devon
Mary Tavy
Mary Tavy
 Mary Tavy shown within Devon
Population 600 approx
OS grid reference SX5079
District West Devon
Shire county Devon
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TAVISTOCK
Postcode district PL19
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Torridge and West Devon
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Mary Tavy is a village with a population of around 600, located four miles north of Tavistock in Devon in south-west England; it is named after the River Tavy. It used to be home to the world's largest copper mine Wheal Friendship, as well as a number of lead and tin mines. It borders Dartmoor National Park. The village lies a mile or two north of Peter Tavy; both were shown as separate settlements in the Domesday Book entry of 1086.

St Mary's Parish Church has a pinnacled west tower built of granite, a south porch with old wagon roof and a south transept built in 1893.[1]

To deter highwaymen from attacking travellers along the road between Tavistock and Okehampton, captured highwaymen were hanged from a gibbet on what is now known as 'Gibbet Hill'.

The topographer William Crossing was for part of his life resident at Mary Tavy. The Canadian financier James Henry Plummer was born here.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pevsner, N. (1952) South Devon. Penguin Books

External links[edit]

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