Mary Tavy

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Mary Tavy
Barn and church, Mary Tavy (geograph 4302987).jpg
Barn and church, Mary Tavy
Mary Tavy is located in Devon
Mary Tavy
Mary Tavy
Location within Devon
Population600 approx
OS grid referenceSX5079
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL19
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
FireDevon and Somerset
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°35′29″N 4°07′14″W / 50.59141°N 4.12051°W / 50.59141; -4.12051Coordinates: 50°35′29″N 4°07′14″W / 50.59141°N 4.12051°W / 50.59141; -4.12051

Mary Tavy (/ˈtvi/) 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. There is an electoral ward with the same name. Its population at the 2011 census was 1,559.[1] Mary Tavy used to be home to the world's largest copper mine Wheal Friendship,[citation needed] as well as a number of lead and tin mines. It lies within 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.[2]

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'.[citation needed]

Mary Tavy hydro-electric power station was built in the 1930s.[3] The station uses water from reservoirs to generate electricity. The Mary Tavy set is rated at 2,622 kW, the Chagford set is rated at 26 kW and the Morwelham set at 700 kW. In the year 1980-81 the total electricity output was 11.91 GWh.[4]

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  1. ^ "ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ Pevsner, N. (1952) South Devon. Penguin Books
  3. ^ "Mary Tavy power station". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  4. ^ CEGB (1981). CEGB Statistical Yearbook 1980-81. London: CEGB. p. 7.
  5. ^ "William Crossing – Hundred Years On Dartmoor". Mary Tavy Parish Council. Retrieved 12 May 2020.

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