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SALTASH HERITAGE AND HISTORY MUSEUM  
 
SALTASH HERITAGE is an organisation established to make a collection of items relevant to the history of Saltash and district, to promote local interest in our historical heritage and to provide a museum in the town
For more than 50 years there had been repeated calls for a museum in Saltash, but it was not until May 1986 that Mr. Cornelius Hearl (then Mayor) formed a group with this as its main aim. Since its inception, Saltash Heritage has gathered together a large collection of material and has mounted several exhibitions, including some specially formulated for school children. 
 
We have a growing general membership who are supporting us with their annual subscriptions. Those with some time to spare are also giving practical assistance of various kinds.
 
OUR OBJECTIVES.
 
Most of Saltash’s old buildings have been destroyed as a result of enemy action during World War II, civil engineering works and various redevelopment schemes. The ‘Blitz’ was also responsible for the loss of valuable items such as commercial photographers’ plates, local newspaper files and the records of many businesses. Consequently we believe that we must do all we can to bring together and preserve the relics that remain, and record information that has been scattered.
 
We are endeavoring to interest local people in their heritage, and to provide visual interest for tourists, information for local historians and genealogists, education and enjoyment for school children and students, and opportunities for senior citizens to relive their memories.
 
AIMS.: 
To collect, promote and research local history and establish a museum in Saltash.
 

 

Statue of Brunel Saltash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old shop in lower Fore Street Saltash

 

THE FUTURE.

We shall continue to preserve material and knowledge that will be of great interest to future generations. It is essential that we provide a permanent base for our growing collection in the shape of a Museum and Local History Centre. This is a gigantic task but not a daunting one, as groups in many other small towns have proved.

 
 

HOW YOU CAN HELP.

 
We need donations of items of historical interest for the Saltash Heritage Collection. We need money (surprise!) to conserve, document, store and display the collection. We need premises for a museum. Above all, we need members to support the organisation financially by means of subscriptions and (where possible) to assist in fund raising activities and carry out such tasks as stewarding exhibitions.
   
The membership subscription to Saltash Heritage is as enclosed application form. General meetings are held at least three times a year, and a newsletter is issued periodically.
If YOU would like to join Saltash Heritage, please send the enclosed membership application form together with the appropriate amount to:
 
If you would like to donate items to the Saltash Heritage Collection (or loan them for copying), please contact:

 

If  you would like to help in other ways, or require further information about Saltash Heritage, please contact:


 
Mrs. Liz Sharpe (Secretary)
Tel: 01752 847800
 
 

The Saltash Heritage Trail


A Ferry runs from Plymouth to Saltash times and fares

Mary Newmans Cottage. Believed to have been the home to Sir Francis Drakes first wife.


St.Nicholas and St.Faiths Church. First mentioned in 1270.
Saltash Guild Hall. Built in 1780, Grade 2 listed.


Saltash Heritage Museum and local History Centre. Open From Saturday 5th April to September


Elliots, a time warp shop, complete with contents as they were left in 1973.


Ashtorre Rock Waterside Open to all (10-4) 7 days a week for light refreshments.


Church Town Farm Nature Reserve, a countryside reserve based on the River Lynher approx 1-2 miles from the Waterside.


The remains of an American landing craft base.
Landing beneath Brunels Bridge.


   
SALTASH HERITAGE AND HISTORY MUSEUM
  17 Lower Fore Street

Opening Times 

From Saturday April 5th to September
Wednesday 2-4
Saturday 10-4
Saltash Museum additional opening times:
July Thursday & Friday 10-4
August Thursday & Friday 10-4
September Thursday & Friday 10-4
Bank Holiday Mondays 10-4

Contacts for Mary Newmans Cottage and Elliotts Stores

 01752 843388 and 07767 444816

 

 
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WED 2pm - 4pm
FRI 7pm - 9pm
SAT 10am - 4pm

 

 
SALTASH HISTORY.


Saltash has a long history. A thousand years ago there were many Saxon settlements in the rural area on the western side of the modern town, notably the villages of Trematon and Burraton. Soon after the Conquest in 1066, the Norman invaders constructed a motte-and-bailey castle in a commanding position 1 1/2 miles south-east of Trematon village. 
Saltash itself was founded as a market town by the lord of Trematon Castle early in the 12th century. The town was sited at a point where an ancient highway crossed the Tamar estuary by means of a ferry. By the end of that century, Saltash had achieved borough status.
Saltash also developed as a port, the first to be established on the system of estuaries reaching far inland from Plymouth Sound. In consequence, the borough was entrusted with jurisdiction over all those waters, an arrangement that was challenged many times but was not officially terminated until 1901. Trade on the estuaries invigorated rural life in St. Stephens and the other parishes adjoining Saltash.
The town’s strategic position and maritime interests led to its involvement in many important events, and some lively personalities were active in its affairs. Here there is space to mention just four episodes:
During the Civil War, 1642-6, fighting took place in Saltash on several occasions, resulting in much bloodshed and damage to buildings.
Saltash has produced many champion rowers, of whom the redoubtable Ann Glanville was the most famous. Between 1820 and 1850, at regattas all over England, she and her crews of Saltash women were seldom beaten in four-oared gig races, even against male competitors.
The engineer-genius, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, chose Saltash as the site for a bridge, of unique design, to carry the railway into Cornwall. The Royal Albert Bridge, Brunel’s masterpiece completed in 1859, is undoubtedly the town’s most famous feature.In 1896 Capt. Henry Jackson, commander of the R.N. Torpedo School aboard HMS Defiance stationed in the Lynher estuary off Wearde Quay, near Saltash, made a series of pioneering radio transmissions from the ship, and so became the first Briton to use radio for practical communication.

 

 

 

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