Plympton St Maurice Walk (Tavistock Branch)
3 May 2018 at 10:00 am
A walk around Plympton St Maurice led by Freddie and Audrey Mills.
Meet at 10.00 am at the top of George Lane by The Rise (formerly Pocklington Rise)
The walk will explore what is essentially a Norman Plantation Town clustered around the castle. We will visit the castle ruins and learn of the sieges of 1136 and 1224, see houses dating from the 13th century and enter burgage plots.
St Maurice has a rich history as a medieval borough and stannary town. We will hear of the origin of Parliamentary privilege, its past status as a port with associated industries and why it may claim to be the cradle of English Art.
The houses, church, Guildhall and the old Grammar School show a great variety of architectural styles with historic associations. If the weather is kind, we shall also see how the green spaces enclose the original medieval boundaries.
The walk will finish near St Elizabeth’s House for an optional lunch.