Plymouth Archaeology Society

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 MONDAY 1st MAY 2017

 Monday 1st May at 6:30 pm

New Quay a River Port Lost in Time with Pete Houghton

During clearance of the site by the owners, Pete Houghton undertook a watching brief and an archaeological and historical survey of this historic river port on the Tamar. Within this abandoned hamlet and intensive mining area are the remains of buildings, some industrial, dating from the 18th to early 20th centuries as well as limekilns and a saw pit. New Quay is in Gulworthy parish and lies within the World Heritage Site that is the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. The route is just under a mile long and over mainly level ground with a gentle climb, depending on tide times some areas may be wet underfoot so walking boots (possibly wellies) are recommended. Meet at SX 455 695, limited roadside parking so please car share.


Leave the main crossroads to Bere Alston and turn off on the Morwellham road. After a 1/2 mile you will pass a row of white cottages on the left hand side and shortly after the road bends to the right and there is a road marked 'No Through Road' directly in front, take this road. It is tarmaced down to the second house on the left with a high wooden gate, from there down to the site it is a made up track which is in a reasonable condition. Keep going until you reach the bottom where Pete Houghton will have opened the gate into the field for people to park along the hedge line. Parking will still be limited so car share if possible.

Plymouth Archaeology Society (PAS) consists mainly of amateur members with an enthusiastic interest in a wide range of archaeological disciplines. We wish to share our enthusiasm for archaeology in general and provide better knowledge and support for the abundant local sites in our area.

Visitors are invited to attend any of our regular meetings (coach trips require pre-booking) and we hope you will be tempted to become a full member. PAS is open to all to apply for membership (membership information).

P.A.S. organise monthly winter lectures by invited guest speakers (winter programme). The summer programme consists of visits to local sites of interest. These are usually guided by experts with local knowledge of the site concerned (summer programme). The summer programme is augmented by coach trips to sites a little further afield. These are usually day trips but can occasionally involve a weekend away.

We also organise workshops to benefit those with a practical interest in archaeology. In the past these have included - surveying for archaeologists, geophysics and pollen analysis (archaeology workshops).

Any damage or threats to archaeological sites should be reported urgently to either The City Archaeologist based in the Planning Dept (01752 305433) or the City Museum (01752 304774). Archaeological finds should be reported to the City Museum.

Our meetings are held on the first Monday of each month and start sharp at 7pm unless otherwise indicated. They are open to non-members (except where indicated below) but a £4 donation is requested to cover our expenses. Appropriate footwear & clothing must be worn.

Our walks are not suitable for dogs.