So much to see in Saltash
Located on the side of the River Tamar in the South East of Cornwall, Saltash is known as ‘the gateway to Cornwall’ and is home to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous Royal Albert Bridge. The town is also two hundred and seventy miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough, so you can take a trip out to enjoy our fantastic selection of e-liquids, not to mention all the accessories you could ever need. I highly recommend visiting the Medusa Juice Vape store regularly to keep up to date with the latest additions as well as our newest deals and offers. And while you’re there, be sure to take a look at our new clothing line.
It is believed that the town takes its name from an ash tree near a salt mill and was originally known as ‘Ash’ before the ‘salt’ was added to distinguish it from similarly named towns. Saltash started out as a crossing point in the river and there had been ferries using that section of the Tamar since the time of the Norman Conquest. The ferry service continued to run for centuries until 1961 when the Tamar Bridge was opened.
Before Saltash was founded, the nearby village of Trematon and the 11th century Trematon Castle were the main settlements in the area. Saltash itself was founded in the 12th century by the Lord of Trematon as an important market town and the first seaport in the region. Taking advantage of the existing traffic from the ferry crossing, the town grew rapidly and received its Royal Charter and borough status toward the end of the century.
During the Cornish insurrection of 1549 in protest of the English reformation of that year, rebels took control of Trematon Castle. After ransacking the castle, the Cornish army marched east to join with Devon rebels near Crediton.
Sir Francis Drake’s first wife, Mary Newman was from Saltash and her cottage and gardens can still be visited today. Mary Newman’s cottage dates back to the 15th century and is one of the oldest remaining buildings in the town.
In the Industrial Revolution it was decided that the goods ferry at Saltash should be replaced by a railway bridge linking Cornwall to the rest of the UK. This task was given to Isambard Kingdom Brunel who originally planned a single span bridge but the Admiralty demanded something that would allow the river to remain fully operational by the Royal Navy at all times. The incredible Royal Albert Bridge was Brunel’s solution to the problem, a magnificent structure raised one hundred feet above the water.
During World War II, a training camp for two thousand US soldiers was set up at nearby St Budeaux. Troops left from the ferry passage before heading toward France for the Normandy Landings and there is a plaque near the old ferry terminal commemorating them.
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The most obvious place to start when visiting Saltash is the Royal Albert Bridge and the nearby Saltash Waterside. The iconic bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a masterpiece of engineering and the waterfront has a choice of food and drink for visitors to enjoy.
Check out Trematon Castle to experience the ancient battlements and gatehouse, rolling gardens and great views over the Tamar. Or, for a more industrial look into the past of the town, visit Cotehele Mill. Take a tour of this working, water powered mill and the attached blacksmiths, woodworks, saddlers and pottery. And if you time your visit right you’ll get to see a demonstration of grain being ground into flour.
There are plenty of historic buildings around town worth visiting, like Mary Newman’s Cottage, one of the oldest houses in the area and former home to Sir Francis Drake’s first wife. Take a look at some of the stately homes around Saltash, including Port Eliot House and Gardens with its grade 1 listed landscaping designed by Sir Humphry Repton. Or visit Cotehele House and Gardens, a wonderfully preserved Tudor mansion and home to the restored Tamer sailing barge, Shamrock.
For an insight into the history of this beautiful town, try Saltash Heritage Museum. Run by volunteers, the museum hosts displays on the town’s past as well as the characters that shaped the region.
While the town is home to historic sights and beautiful scenery, there are also a variety of activities to keep more adventurous visitors entertained. Visit Serious Outdoor Skills to take part in a wide range of survival, bushcraft and wilderness courses. Intended for anyone, regardless of their skill level, the courses include canoeing, tracking, woodcarving, foraging and bushcraft for kids among many more.
Saltash is also home to all the shops, restaurants and pubs you would expect from a thriving market town. Check out one of the many inns and taverns for a selection of local drinks and food.
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