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Lower Tamar Crossings: a historical view

Tuesday, May 17

With Les Deering, Tamar AONB

A Historical Association & University of Plymouth History Department talk

This talk grew out of a photography project Les Deering began in 2017 which was to visit and photograph the Tamar, and in particular its various crossing points. 

Although the Tamar may be regarded by some as a small river its tenacity in reaching the sea is impressive. Its source is about 3.7 miles from the north Cornish coast but it chooses to flow southwards for 60 miles before entering Plymouth Sound. 

During its journey it almost succeeds in making the Cornish an island race and remains a formidable barrier and natural boundary for all, friends and enemies, tourists and invaders, to cross. Some crossings date back centuries whilst others are much more recent. Many have a rich heritage and iconic status.  

The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the Devon & Cornwall border, is a special landscape that is defined and shaped by the rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher, and by the human activity focused around them. The area is famous for its mining heritage landscape and market gardening history, and is a haven for wildlife.


Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
Ticket information: standard £6 / concessions £4 / free for UoP students via SPiA / free for members of the Historical Association 

Tickets HERE.

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