Haytor Tramway

The Haytor Granite Tramway was a tramway built to help move granite from Haytor Down,to the Stover Canal. This is an unusual track in that granite was used as the track,shaped to guide the wheels of horse-drawn wagons. The tramway was built in 1820; the granite was in demand in the developing cities of England. In 1850 the quarries employed about 100 men but by 1858 they had closed due to the availability of cheaper Cornish granite. The tracks length was 9 miles and the granite was used in the building of London Bridge and the British Museum.

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Haytor Tramway 1

Haytor tramway looking to Holwell Tor

Haytor Tramway 2

Spoil heaps beside Haytor from the Haytor quarries

Haytor Tramway 3

The granite track of the Haytor Tramway

Haytor Tramway 4

Haytor from the tramway