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Latitude: 50.553 / 50°33'10"N
Longitude: -4.148 / 4°8'52"W
OS Eastings: 247932
OS Northings: 74786
OS Grid: SX479747
Mapcode National: GBR NW.GGCP
Mapcode Global: FRA 276L.V3W
Entry Name: Bedford Iron Foundry
Listing Date: 12 February 2004
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1390645
English Heritage Legacy ID: 490994
Location: Tavistock, West Devon, Devon, PL19
District: West Devon
Civil Parish: Tavistock
Built-Up Area: Tavistock
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
78/0/10024 BANNAWELL STREET
12-FEB-04 Bedford Iron Foundry
Iron foundry. Circa 1848; probably on the site of an earlier foundry. Painted stone rubble. Slate roof with gabled ends and ridge ventilator. Truncated gable-end stacks and small brick axial stack.
PLAN: Rectangular on plan; the lower south range is narrower.
EXTERIOR: 1 and 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 4:8 bay west front. Left four bays project, vehicular entrance on left, blocked segmental arch carriageway at centre and two narrow round arch windows on right. Eight bays on right recessed under deep eaves ventilator, with four round arch windows and a taking-in door on right above three vehicular entrances, large blocked entrance on left and two tall round arch windows at centre. The windows have multi-pane cast-iron frames with Gothic tracery at top. Higher ground level at back with wide entrance at centre.
INTERIOR: Inserted floors. Exposed tie-beam and queen-strut roof trusses.
NOTE: The Bedford Iron Foundry was leased from the Duke of Bedford by Thomas Nicholls, John Williams and Joseph Matthews in 1848. It was the most important iron foundry in Devon in the mid C19 and made machinery for mines in Devon, Cornwall and abroad.
SOURCES:  Barton, D.B.  The Cornish Beam Engine [Truro 1969 edition], pp 124,167 and 168.  Woodcock, G. Tavistock Yesterdays, vol.10, pp 55-59.
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