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Saltash

Saltash may have been a town as early as the 12th century, developing as a market centre and tin port on an important ferry crossing on the River Tamar. Saltash lies on the west bank of the River Tamar, surrounded by extensive areas of high quality natural landscape. Its sandy foreshore is one of the few areas of beach along the Tamar which is otherwise flanked by mudflats. The land rises sharply from the river and forms a cliff to the north of the road bridge – a feature made more dramatic by historic quarrying. The majority of the historic town lies on steeply sloping land and its dramatic topography results in many striking vistas. To the north of Saltash the Tamar is joined by the River Tavy and to the south by the Lynher River, which forms the natural southern boundary of the settlement. The area around Saltash has been identified by the Cornwall Historic Landscape Assessment as mainly Anciently Enclosed Land – a landscape of enclosed fields and dispersed farm settlements with its origins in the medieval period and earlier.

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The downloads offered below represent the different elements of the CSUS Saltash Report including the core text, seven illustrative figures and four character area summaries. The majority of the downloads are large files (to maintain some quality of image resolution) and therefore may take time to download.
 

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CSUS Saltash Report REPORT text detailing the results of the historic character study for the town of Saltash. Bridget Gillard, Historic Environment Service..

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Figure 1 - Location & Topography Map Map showing the location of Saltash and its immediate topography.

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Figure 2 - Ordnance Survey 2nd Edition 1:2500 Map (c.1907) Map showing the town of Saltash in c.1907.

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Figure 3 - Historic Development Map Map showing the historic development and expansion of Saltash.

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Figure 4 - Historic Settlement Topography Map Map showing the historic topography of Saltash with key areas of historic activity.

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Figures 5 - Surviving Historic Components Maps Three maps showing the surviving historic buildings of Saltash. Format type: PDF 1638kb
Figure 6 - Urban Archaeological Potential Map Map showing the areas and sites of archaeological potential in Saltash.

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Figure 7 - Character Areas Map Map showing the four character areas identified by the survey of Saltash.

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Character Area 1 Waterside This area includes the oldest part of the settlement and physically links the town with the river. The area is important for its historical significance as the site of the ferry crossing, the vibrant fishing community, boat building and Victorian industry. Today it is an important recreational resource and residential area.

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Character Area 2 The Old Town The site of the original medieval planted town and still the busy commercial heart of Saltash. Despite a number of significant losses this area still holds the greatest diversity of architectural styles in the town and its most significant buildings, all sited within the original medieval street pattern.

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Character Area 3 Suburban Villas Apart from some intrusion of modern housing to the north and the heavy traffic on North Road, this area has retained much of its original character as an area of carefully planned genteel housing of good design and materials with views to the river. The villas have well cultivated gardens with mature trees which form an important ‘green ring’ around the densely developed town centre.

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Character Area 4 Circa 1900 Urban Expansion The villas and terraces that make up much of this character area are an important element in the overall character of the town They reflect the town’s expansion and growth in wealth following the arrival of the railway. Both streets and buildings survive relatively unaltered, and provide a strong reminder of the character of early twentieth century Saltash.

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