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
Mary Tavy shown within Devon
Population 600 approx
OS grid reference SX5079
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PL19
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
DevonCoordinates: 50°35′29″N 4°07′14″W / 50.59141°N 4.12051°W / 50.59141; -4.12051

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. 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, 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]

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


  1. ^ "ward population 2011". Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Pevsner, N. (1952) South Devon. Penguin Books

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