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Bedford Iron Foundry

A Grade II Listed Building in Tavistock, Devon

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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

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390645

English Heritage Legacy ID: 490994

Location: Tavistock, West Devon, Devon, PL19

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Tavistock

Built-Up Area: Tavistock

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Listing Text


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: [1] Barton, D.B. [1965] The Cornish Beam Engine [Truro 1969 edition], pp 124,167 and 168. [2] Woodcock, G. Tavistock Yesterdays, vol.10, pp 55-59.

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