Tavistock North railway station

Coordinates: 50°33′06″N 4°08′43″W / 50.5518°N 4.1453°W / 50.5518; -4.1453
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Tavistock North
Tavistock North railway station in 2008.jpg
General information
LocationTavistock, West Devon
Other information
Original companyPlymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway
Pre-groupingPlymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway
Post-groupingSouthern Railway
Key dates
2 June 1890Station opened
6 May 1968Station closed

Tavistock North was a railway station serving the town of Tavistock, operated by the Plymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway, but forming part of the Exeter to Plymouth section of the London and South Western Railway.

The station opened on 2 June 1890.[1] The main station building is Grade II listed[2] and said to have been designed by Galbraith and Church who were the engineers for the line. The contractors were Pethick and Sons of Plymouth The granite came from Pethwick's Swell Tor quarry, the bricks from the Plymouth Brickworks at Gunnislake and the ironwork from Messrs Mathews and Co at Tavistock Ironworks.

The station was closed 6 May 1968. As it continued to be lived in by the former station-master and then his widow until 1999, the buildings have remained remarkably unaltered since its closure.

The station building has been restored and converted into three self-catering cottages. The stationmaster's house is being restored as a private dwelling, while the goods yard, now known as Kilworthy Park, houses the offices of West Devon Borough Council. The track bed for about one mile (1.6 km) south of Tavistock North station is open to the public as a footpath and nature reserve, and it is possible to walk across the viaducts that overlook the town.

The rest of the track bed south of Tavistock is almost intact to Bere Alston, where it joins the present-day Tamar Valley Line. There has been discussion regarding the re-opening of a rail link for a number of years.[3] Engineering assessment has shown that the track bed, and structures such as bridges and tunnels, are in sound condition.

See also[edit]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Bere Alston   Southern Region
Plymouth, Devonport and South Western Junction Railway


  1. ^ "South Western Railway Extension. Lidford to Plymouth. Opening of the New Line". Western Times. England. 3 June 1890. Retrieved 23 September 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Former Railway Station, Tavistock (Grade I) (1387230)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Tavistock to Plymouth Corridor - Analysis of A386 Road and Proposed Rail Scheme" (PDF). Devon County Council. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
50°33′06″N 4°08′43″W / 50.5518°N 4.1453°W / 50.5518; -4.1453