1890's Tavistock, Devon Victorian Souvenir Transferware Mug
Tavistock is an ancient tin or stannary town in West Devon, England, on the River Tavy. The ruins of Tavistock Abbey currently lie in the centre of the town and date from the 900's, although the town site is known to have been settled much earlier. Sir Francis Drake was born in Tavistock and served as mayor in 1581. He is best known as the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world 1577-1580. It is a beautiful town, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, surrounded by many prehistoric, bronze and iron age sites.
The railways came to Tavistock in 1859, and the Duke of Bedford commenced on a massive rebuild of the town. The current guildhall plaque reads: "Guildhall. Built in 1848 by the Duke of Bedford, on a site once occupied by the mill of Tavistock Abbey, this building replaced an earlier Guildhall that stood in Bedford Square. Its duties as a courthouse ended in 2001."
Note: This historic guildhall has received extensive UK Heritage lottery funding, as is currently being upgraded to protect and develop Tavistock’s beautiful guildhall complex in Devon.
This is a beautiful c. 1890's Victorian era robin egg blue transferware pottery souvenir cup or mug from the town of Tavistock. It features a scene of the town, with the text "The Guildhall, Abbey & Town hall, Tavistock." It would have been carried home in Victorian times as a souvenir of a rail visit, no doubt. Condition is beautiful with 2 small brown spots inside, which we believe are from the original firing, do not detract in any way. It is embellished with gold gilt on edges and as enhancement. A beautiful old memento of a special Devon visit.
Size: 3 x 2 inches
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