SX8077 : Setts, former granite tramway, Chapple Road

taken 7 years ago, near to Brimley, Devon, Great Britain

Setts, former granite tramway, Chapple Road
Setts, former granite tramway, Chapple Road
The shaped granite sett on the left has been re-aligned to form one side of the entrance to the drive to Chapple Farm. Water trickles from field over the junction of the setts. The former tramway runs clearly beside the road here for 400 metres.
Templer Way
The Templer Way is a long distance path that approximates to the route by which granite quarried at Haytor on eastern Dartmoor was transported by tramway to the Stover canal near Teigngrace, thence down the River Teign to the port of Teignmouth. Recommended. The distinctive logo on waymarkers combines a tramway wheel with the tiller and rudder of a barge. LinkExternal link
Haytor Granite Tramway
The Haytor Granite Tramway was built in 1820 by George Templer to transport granite from quarries at Haytor on Dartmoor to the Stover Canal and thence to Teignmouth docks (the canal had originally been built in 1792 by his father, James, to transport clay).

Most of the tramway's course can be traced using the Templer Way footpath Link , which also follows the canal and the Teign estuary to Teignmouth.

The tramway drops 400 metres in height during its 16 km route. Its use of flanged granite setts is unusual. The gauge was 1.3 metres. Oak points were used at junctions. The wooden iron-wheeled wagons were typically run in trains of twelve, hauled uphill when empty by a team of 18 horses, which also provided, together with wooden poles, the only means of braking on the downhill journey. "Accidents were not uncommon" LinkExternal link .

The quarries fell into disuse by 1858 and the tramway closed LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Sunday, 13 January, 2013   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 15 January, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Roads, Road transport  Railways 
Building Material (from Tags)
Granite 
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Tramway 
Long Distance Path (from Tags)
Templer Way 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 8027 7774 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:35.2248N 3:41.5611W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 8027 7774
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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