When: 9th March 2019 2pm
Where: Meet at Tavistock Visitor Information Centre
Description: The nineteenth century was a period of unparalleled church-building across Britain, and Tavistock was not untouched by this phenomenon. From the late 18th century onwards, the town grew rapidly as people flocked to the area looking for work in the local mining industry. More people meant more churchgoers, and the need for additional places of worship was magnified by the arrival of non-conformist movements such as the Methodists. As dissenting religious views spread amongst the working communities in the town, many Meeting Houses and chapels were built, as well as a substantial new Anglican church.
Many of these places of worship have sadly not survived: some have changed uses, while others have disappeared entirely. Some, however, still remain as part of our present-day townscape. This walk will visit the sites of extant and previous places of worship in our wonderful town, covering a period of some 1000 years from the building of the abbey to the present day.
The walk will be approximately 90 minutes and about 1 mile.
Tickets cost £5 per person (accompanied under-16s free) and can be bought on the day or in advance at the Tavistock Visitor Information Centre. They can also be booked online through Tavistock Heritage Trust website: https://www.heritageintavistock.org/events