New signs highlight Tavistock’s rich history

unveiling orientation board, near The Wharf, Tavistock
unveiling orientation board, near The Wharf, Tavistock

Five orientation boards have been put up around Tavistock to help visitors and local people explore the historic town.

The boards show a map of the town with historic buildings and locations highlighted along with a brief history of Tavistock.

People with smart phones can also scan a QR code on the boards to download a free trail guide.

The boards have been installed as part of the Tamar Valley AONB’s ‘Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Project’, with funding from West Devon Borough Council, Devon County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Mayor of West Devon, Cllr Robin Musgrave, said: “It’s great to have these signs which highlight the fascinating history of Tavistock and its mining heritage. I’m sure they will be appreciated by local residents as well as visitors to our wonderful town”.

The orientation boards have been erected in the Wharf car park, at the bus station, at Riverside car park, near Abbey Bridge and at the northern end of Bedford car park.

The graphics on the boards were done by South West firm, Gamble Fearon Partners.  The text was written by Tavistock-based historian and archaeologist Andrew Thompson with much assistance from Alex Mettler.

Andrew said: “We hope the boards will encourage visitors to spend time exploring the town and introduce them to Tavistock’s very special history and cultural heritage”.

Alex added: “The panels are the first part of a larger interpretation project which will help visitors and local people enjoy the town’s historic buildings and to understand why Tavistock is a World Heritage Site”.

The orientation boards are the second phase of a project to promote Tavistock’s heritage.

Seven gateway signs have already been installed on routes into the town highlighting its status as a World Heritage Site and reminding people that the surrounding area is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The final phase will include specific signs in Bank Square, Bedford Square and other key points around the town giving more information about their history and importance.

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