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You might have noticed this viaduct in one of my Cotehele they cried we just made a quick comment and moved on to some proper pictures...anyway this is the village of Calstock which seems to be dominated by this stonking great viaduct.


Another visit to Cotehele and it's surrounding area is a must for me. a good day's worth I reckon


You might have noticed this viaduct in one of my Cotehele they cried we just made a quick comment and moved on to some proper pictures...anyway this is the village of Calstock which seems to be dominated by this stonking great viaduct.


Another visit to Cotehele and it's surrounding area is a must for me. a good day's worth I reckon

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Apr 2011, 02:34
It does seem extremely, hugely, stonking great...doesn't it...

Unless, of course, those houses are the size of matchboxes, and the cars come in the cornflakes boxes...
Bill Phillips: Damn! You have rumbled me
We love these viaducts now. Just as we love old windmills. So no doubt electricity pylons and wind turbines will have their day's of glory as well.
Bill Phillips: Not with me they won't I detest wind turbines and electricity pylons are a blot on the landscape. A well designed viaduct is a thing of beauty
It is all very dramatic in B&W Bill....and the viaduct seems to have been there for many years....but it makes for a great photograph....petersmile
Bill Phillips: 19th century Peter, built for the railway
Wow, that is really dominating the view!!
Bill Phillips: I love viaducts!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Apr 2011, 07:40
Amazing really: just a piddling little branch line runs over this Victorian delight
Bill Phillips: It may be piddling to you but it was probably the lifeblood of this little town
That is a mighty viaduct Bill. I see you are back to black and white now.
Bill Phillips: I like to ring the changes Stanley
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 28 Apr 2011, 09:39
Where on earth is this place Bill, I could look it up but can't be bothered. It looks a great sight to visit though. Go one I bet you really wanted to do this in colour? tomorrow...go on, just do it.
Bill Phillips: Calstock (Cornish: Kalstok) is civil parish and a large village in south east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, on the border with Devon. The village is situated on the River Tamar 6 miles (9.7 km) south west of Tavistock and 10 miles (16 km) north of Plymouth[1].

The parish had a population of 6,095 in the 2001 census[2]. The parish encompasses 5,760 acres (23.3 km2) of land, 70 acres (0.28 km2) of water, and 44 acres (0.18 km2) of the tidal Tamar.[3]

As well as Calstock, other settlements in the parish include Albaston, Chilsworthy, Gunnislake, Harrowbarrow, Latchley and Metherell.

Calstock village is within the Tamar Valley AONB, is overlooked by Cotehele house and gardens, and lies on the scenic Tamar Valley railway. Calstock railway station opened on 2 March 1908. The village is twinned with Saint-Thuriau in Brittany, France.

* 1 Early history
* 2 Mining and transport
* 3 Parish church of St Andrew
* 4 Primary school
* 5 See also
* 6 References
* 7 External links

[edit] Early history

There is evidence of human settlement in Calstock from Roman, or pre-Roman times, settlers attracted by the rich source of minerals, such as tin, in the area. A Roman fort, only the third known in Cornwall, was discovered next to the church in 2008.[4]

In Saxon times Calstock was in the Kingdom of Cornwall, which resisted the spread of Wessex from the east. In 838 CE Wessex had spread as far as the Tamar, and a battle for independence was fought near Calstock. Following the Norman Conquest, Calstock manor was recorded in the Domesday Book. The Saxon manor was taken over, and in the 14th century became part of the Duchy of Cornwall: one of the 17 Antiqua maneria.
[edit] Mining and transport
Calstock Viaduct

Mining was important in Calstock from Mediaeval times, with the Duchy mining silver. The industry was booming in the late 19th century and the discovery of copper, and coupled with nearby granite quarrying made Calstock a busy port. The rapid population boom due to the growth of industry led, in 1849, to an outbreak of cholera. The industry declined in the early 20th century due to foreign competition, and now only the ruined pump houses that dot the landscape remain.

The Tamar is navigable to boats past Calstock some 3 miles (4.8 km) upstream to Morwellham Quay with some 10 feet (3.0 m) or even 20 feet (6.1 m) of water at extreme spring tides. Calstock Quay was once important for transporting goods, and in the Victorian era when steamers brought tourists to the village, Calstock was visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1846. The importance of the river as a transport route declined with the construction of the 14 miles (23 km) Tamar Valley railway at the start of the 20th century. The village is still dominated by the railway's viaduct, which was first crossed by truck on 8 August 1907 and first used by passengers on 2 March 1908.
[edit] Parish church of St Andrew
St Andrew's Church

The church was built partly in the early and partly in the late 15th century: the western tower is of three stages and of granite. The Edgcumbe Chapel contains two monuments of the late 17th century: to Piers Edgcumbe and to Jemima, Countess of Sandwich. The rectory is the work of Decimus Burton, 1853-54.
[edit] Primary school

Calstock Community Primary School was built in 1901 and opened on 6 January 1902. At that time the school consisted of just two main classrooms. It has since been extended with the addition of the infant suite plus the Head Teacher's office which has to be shared with the school secretary. The infant suite extension won an award for architectural design, in keeping with the remainder of the school. The centenary of the school was celebrated in the summer of 2002.[5]
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 28 Apr 2011, 11:04
great B&W, good contrast
Bill Phillips: Thanks Chantal
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Apr 2011, 12:28
It certainly does dominate the houses - what a striking edifice. Another of life's little coincidences - the last words I read in my book last night (Samuel Pepys - The Unequalled Self by Clare Tomalin) was that after the death of her husband Lord Montagu the Earl of Sandwich, Lady Sandwich - a great friend of Pepys' - retired to live at Cotehele and was buried in Calstock!
Bill Phillips: That is really quite eerie grin
I used to live next door to one of these when I was little, it was disused and we used to walk along the track for miles! Really like the B/W smile
Bill Phillips: There is something very elegant about viaducts
What a fine viaduct Bill, it looks good in B&W. You can read about it and the station here >
Bill Phillips: Thanks for the link Brian. I have had a quick look and didn't realise it is still in use
  • Glo
  • United States
  • 28 Apr 2011, 16:16
looks like a great place to go exploring! nice shot!
Bill Phillips: I think it will be worth a longer visit
  • Arash
  • Dubai
  • 28 Apr 2011, 17:08
Nice composition, the colored version must be great as well.
Bill Phillips: Have a look tomorrow Arash

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