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A statue of Sir Francis Drake stands in Tavistock, the town of his birth. Tavistock, lying on the River Tavy about fifteen miles to the north of Plymouth, is one of the largest towns in West Devon, with a population of around 8,000. For two centuries, it was an important Stannary town until the decline of tin in the early sixteenth century. Later prosperity centred on cloth making and copper mining. Today, Tavistock’s primary role is as an agricultural market town and tourist centre, offering easy access to the nearby Dartmoor National Park. The map below shows the town of Tavistock as it was around the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map below to see an enlargement.

Tavistock Town Map

Map of Tavistock

Old map of the town of Tavistock circa 1950

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Tavistock Map

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