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Past and Present Gulworthy

    Gulworthy is a Parish and small Village on the western edge of Devon, extending down to the River Tamar in the west and nearly to the attractive and bustling market town of Tavistock pm the east. .   In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Gulworthy was a busy and prosperous mining area, producing large quantities of copper, tin and arenic. Gulworthy is now incorporated in the Cornwall and West Devon Mining-Landscape World-Heritage Site. Most of the presnt residents of Gulworthy live in hamlets and scattered f armhouses, but the Village itself contains a small number of houses and a primary school, a church, a village hall and two caravan / tent campsites.

    Gulworthy Church , the Church of St Paul, is now known as the Miners’ Church.  . It was built in 1856 with money donated by the Duke of Bedford. Members of many miners’ families are buried in the churchyard.   The Gulworty Primary School was built at the same time as the Church, also financed by the Duke of Bedford.   It is a very popular and highly respected school.

    The Village Hall is busily used, except during the time of the Coroma-Virus restrictions, for local meetings and social activities including as the venue for a nursery school, fortnightly Bingo evenings and for meetings of the Gulworthy Parish Council

    Morwellham Quay is near the southern border of Gulworthy Parish.   It is now a well known tourist attraction, but, in the past, it was an active port handling the minerals containing copper, tin and arsenic which were extracted from mines in the Tamar Valley.   In the middle of the Century mining was the chief source of work in the area, more than 7000 people being thus employed .   The mining itself was done by the men and sons of the district, but they were often accompanied by wives and daughters who worked to crush the extracted mineral rocks.  Across the Tamar, near Callington in Cornwall, is the high point called Kit Hill, which is the site of a magnificent old mine and from which there are superb far-reaching views over the beautiful open countryside of Cornwall and Devon.

    Gulworthy Parish continues to be a very active community, but now the businesses of farming, forestry, timber and tourism provide local work and income.

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