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Some History of Gulworthy

    Gulworthy is a Parish and small Village on the extreme western edge of Devon, going down to the River Tamar in the west and, in the east, nearly to the very attractive and archaeologically interesting market town of Tavistock.   Most of the residents of Gulworthy live in hamlets and scattered farmhouses, but the Village itself contains a small number of houses and excellent primary school, a church, a village hall and a campsite.   Gulworthy is now incorporated in the Cornwall and West Devon Mining-Landscape World-Heritage Site.

    Gulworthy Church , the Church of St Paul, is now known as the Miners’ Church.  . It was built in 1856 with money donated by the Duke of Bedford. Members of many miners’ families are buried in the churchyard.   The Gulworty Primary School was built at the same time as the Church, also financed by the Duke of Bedford.   It is a very popular and highly respected school.

    The Village Hall, which neighbours the Church, is widely used for harvest festivals and other church celebrations.  A nursery school and meetings of local organisations, for example the WI, are also held there.

    Morwellham Quay is near the southern border of Gulworthy Parish.   It is now a well known tourist attraction, but, in the past, it was an active port handling the minerals containing copper, tin and arsenic which were extracted from mines in the Tamar Valley.   In the middle of the Century mining was the chief source of work in the area, more than 7000 people being thus employed .   The mining itself was done by the men and sons of the district, but they were often accompanied by wives and daughters who worked to crush the extracted mineral rocks.  Across the Tamar, near Callington in Cornwall, is the high point called Kit Hill, which is the site of a magnificent old mine and from which there are superb far-reaching views over the beautiful open countryside of Cornwall and Devon.

    Gulworthy Parish continues to be a very active community, but now the businesses of farming, forestry, timber and tourism provide local work and income.

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