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zeal tor tramway

Steve Grigg and Frank Collinson

Built for Messrs. Davy and Wilkin of Totnes, 1847-1850, for carrying peat from Redlake Mire to Shipley Bridge. The tramway was constructed from wooden rails bolted to granite blocks, along which the peat was transported in horse-drawn trucks. The business only continued for a few years and ended in 1850. The lower part of it was later, in 1872, used by the Brent Moor Clay Company. Ref: Dartmoor HER.

Zeal 1
Next to the tramway looking towards Eastern Whitebarrow. 
Zeal 2
Lower end of the tramway, looking SW overlooking Bala Brook, Middle Brook and Red Brook valleys.
Zeal 3
Iron spike
Zeal 4
Another iron spike.
Zeal 5
Iron spike. Three Barrows and Wacka Tor in the background.
Zeal 6
Lots of iron spikes around SX66985 64301
Zeal 7
Evidence of the clay extraction period from Petre’s Pits circa 1872, after the peat extraction period of the tramway 22 years earlier.
Zeal 8
Evidence of the clay extraction period from Petre’s Pits circa 1872, after the peat extraction period of the tramway 22 years earlier.
Zeal 9
Remains of wooden rail.
Zeal 10
Walking pole to size the wooden rail. SX66889 64390
Zeal 11
Platform structure next to the tramway at SX66889 64402
1949-1969 OS shows another building but I cannot find any information on Dartmoor HER. Near junction with Jobbers Road and the tramway.
Zeal 13
The ruined building from old OS map.
Zeal 14
The ruined building. SX66665 64520
Zeal 15
Feeding time. Two orderly queue’s; one for cows and one for sheep.
Zeal 16
3/4 stone. Presumed to mean 1 and 3/4 miles from Shipley.
Zeal 17
The stone next to the tramway.

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