North Tamerton

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North Tamerton is a village and parish in the hundred of Stratton, Cornwall. The village is situated approximately eight miles south-east of Bude and eight miles north of Launceston.[1]

North Tamerton is a thinly populated rural parish with the only village being North Tamerton itself, the other settlements being farmsteads and hamlets. It is bounded to the east by the River Tamar which for much of its length delineates Cornwall's border with Devon, but here Cornwall extends across the river making North Tamerton the only parish in Cornwall which includes land east of the Tamar.[2]

The name Tamerton derives from 'estate on the Tamar'. To the west, the parish is bounded by the Cornish parishes of Whitstone and Week St Mary and population at the 2001 census was 288, increasing to 356 at the 2011 census.[2] The village of North Tamerton on high ground above the confluence of the River Tamar and its tributary the River Deer.[1]

The 15th century church is dedicated to St Denis. It has a chancel, nave, south aisle and a granite ashlar battlemented tower 70 ft in height. The belfry houses a ring of six bells,[3] and a local tradition says that the treble bell came from Tetcott church, across the River Tamar, and John Taylor the bell-founder having recast North Tamerton's ring of five in the early 19th century sold the treble to Tetcott so that the parishioners at North Tamerton could hear it across the valley and decide to acquire it.[4]

The Bude Canal ran through the parish and there was a canal wharf at North Tamerton. The canal was unusual in using six inclined planes instead of locks to climb from sea level to its maximum altitude of 433 ft: one of the six inclines was south of Tamerton wharf.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 190 Bude & Clovelly ISBN 978-0-319-23145-6
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1] GENUKI website; North Tamerton; retrieved May 2010
  3. "Parish Church of North Tamerton". a snap in time. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  4. Scott, John; Mack, Frank; Clarke, James (2007). Towers & Bells of Devon. Volume Two. Exeter: The Mint Press. p. 387. ISBN 978-1-90335645-6. 

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