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Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

The Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre is situated off the A382 in the Old Bovey Station building, which was in use for rail passenger traffic for nearly 100 years. Also on site is a brake van of the type used on the Great Western Railway and a internationally significant pottery kiln from the 18th Century.

Whether you are interested in family history, local pottery, or the history of mining and quarrying in the area, or following the route of the old railway, there is something for everyone at the Heritage Centre.

The Centre will reopen on Saturday 4 th of April, and will close at the end of October 2015.

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Facilities

  • Parking available

    Parking Available

  • Toilets On-Site

    Toilets On-Site

  • Wheelchair access

    Wheelchair Access

  • Childrens activities

    Family friendly

  • Gift Shop

    Gift Shop

Books, cards, notelets, pictures, plants, etc. for sale.

GWR Brake Van

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.

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Our Collections

The exhibits for the 2014 season will include events of 1914, first world war artefacts, trench art and propaganda. Other exhibits are based around local industry such as pottery, agriculture, mining and the Moretonhampstead branch railway line.

The following pictures show some of our permanent and external exhibits.

The Toad GWR brake van contains a model of the Moretonhampstead station. But its opening times will be depenent on availability of volunteers.

 

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.

Reversible Balance Plough

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.

Model of Bovey Tracey Railway Model

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.

New entrance gate.

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.

GWR Brake Van

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.

Remains of Salt Glaze Pottery Kiln.
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    26 July 2011

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    30 June 2011

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Admission & Prices

FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Donations Welcome.

MEMBERSHIP of the Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust

INDIVIDUAL £8.00 per annum
SENIOR CITIZEN or under 16 £5.00 per annum
JOINT MEMBERSHIP £12.00 per annum
JOINT MEMBERSHIP Senior,
both partners over 60 years old
£8.00 per annum

Bovey Tracey Heritage Centre

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

BOVEY TRACEY, DEVON TQ13 9GP