Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

The small museum with a big heart! Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre is situated off the A382 in the old railway station building, which was in use on the branch line to Moretonhampstead for nearly 100 years. Whether you are interested in family history, local pottery, the history of mining and quarrying in the area, following the route of the old railway, or just browsing through our archive photographs, there is something for everyone at the Heritage Centre.

Activity desk for young visitors. All welcome. Open from April to end of October. Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon Closed on Sundays.

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  • Reversible Balance Plough

    This plough is made to be reversible, this means that at the end of a furrow the plough can be tipped over to use the upper plough unit to contact the grounnd and work across the field ploughing in the opposite direction, thus saving the time taken by ordinary plough in turning.

  • Model of Bovey Tracey Railway Model

    There are two 00 gauge models of stations on display. There is a model of Bovey Station as it was just before the Moretonhampstead line was closed; it is in the main room of the original station building. There is also a model of the line's terminus at Moretonhampstead Station, at about the same time. This is housed in the GWR Toad brake van No 114906 which is on display in the station forecourt. Access to the brake van is by request at present and depends on the availability of staff.

  • New entrance gate.

    A new gate has been made and installed, it has been made in the style of level crossing gates used on the GWR since its early days.

  • GWR Brake Van

    Brake van installed in the car park at the Heritage Centre. Great Western Railway, twenty ton, 'Toad' brake van, number W114906, manufactured at Swindon in the early 1930's, has found a new home after about 55 years working and 25 years in semi-retirement.

  • Remains of Salt Glaze Pottery Kiln.

    The remains of a Salt Glaze Pottery Kiln, dating from about 1760. The kiln was discovered at Fore Street Bovey Tracey in 1932, with several unfinished and kiln-damaged salt-glazed pots. The kiln has now been moved from Heathfield Candy Tile Works to Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre.

Admission & prices


Donations Welcome.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP of the Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust

SENIOR CITIZEN or under 16 £7.00
(both partners over 60 ) £10.00

Membership runs from the Annual General Meeting in November each year. Members are entitled to reduced admission to specified events and receive a quarterly newsletter.

Find us

Coming from the A382 take the turning to Bovey town centre along Station Road. Take the first left into St John's Lane. Follow the road round, turning left after the models warehouse with the garden centre on your right. The Old Station is left ahead.

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  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Heritage books, cards and local crafts for sale. Proceeds support the work of the Heritage Trust.

The Centre is run entirely by volunteers and is funded by grants, donations, sales and local fund raising events.

The Heritage Centre is on the route of the Bovey Tracey Heritage Trail and is an ideal stopping point on local walks.

Group visits can be arranged at times other than those above. We can provide refreshments if there is prior booking.

Please advise us of the name of the group, the date and time of the proposed visit, and the number of people expected in the group.

School visits are welcome. Sessions can be tailored to suit current studies. Please contact the secretary to book a visit. Email enquiries welcome.

Telephone the Secretary on 01626 834331
or by post to The Old Station, St John's Lane, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9GP

Registered Charity Number 1063070.

Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust
The Old Railway Station
St John's Lane
TQ13 9GP

T: 01626-835078 Centre or 01626-834331 Secretary

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Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

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The Old Railway Station
St John's Lane