Trivia and Weblinks
Did you know ...
... There is only one town in the world named Saltash.
... Saltash is twinned with the French town Plougastel Daoulas, near Brest in Brittany.
... The Duchy of Cornwall still owns Trematon castle today, as it has since 1337, and there are still tenant farmers and smallholdings in the area.
... The bust of Brunel in North Road, presented to the town by Viscount Boyd in the 1970s, is a partial replica of the statue on the Victoria Embankment in London.
... "Tell it to the marines", as a response to an improbable story, was popularised by author and dramatist William Price Drury, who was Mayor of Saltash from 1929 to 1931.
... In a 2009 survey which included statistics from school results and crime figures, the Saltash postcode area was judged to be the most desirable place to live in Great Britain.
... The clock in Saint Nicholas and Saint Faith's tower dates from the early 1700s, and there are six bells in the tower, the oldest of which dates from 1760. – SS N & F bells ringing changes – SS N & F bells ringing doubles
... British saxophonist John Surman's 2012 album (produced by ECM) is named 'Saltash Bells'. The title track was inspired by Surman's childhood memories of hearing the Saltash Church bells echoing across the Tamar.
... 'Saltash' is the name of a traditional Cornish dance tune which has also been used (played at a slower tempo) for the Methodist hymn 'Jesus, Thou divine companion'. – 'Saltash' as a dance tune – 'Saltash' as a hymn tune
... The bedrock underneath Saltash civil parish is mostly Devonian slate, over 350 million years old, but Ashtorre Rock is an outcrop of more recent 'blue elvan' volcanic rock. ('Elvan' is a name used in Cornwall and Devon for the native varieties of quartz-porphyry.)
... There have been both real and fictitious ships named 'Saltash'. HMS Saltash (J62) was a Royal Navy Hunt class minesweeper, in service from 1918 to 1947. The fictional River class frigate HMS Saltash featured in 'H M Frigate' (1946) and 'The Cruel Sea' (1951), written by Nicholas Monsarrat.
Saltash in the news (as reported by the Cornish Guardian)
Saltash - Past And Present: memories, photos, and thoughts of Saltash and its surrounding villages
The Big Saltash Picture Show: all sorts of art by artists with a connection to the Saltash postcode area
The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry: Traffic Conditions, News, Webcams, ...
The Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (which includes most of rural Saltash)
YouTube video: Plymouth To Saltash [from the air]
YouTube video: Tamar and Brunel Bridges [from the air]
YouTube video: Tamar Bridge Flyby HD
YouTube video: Tamar River [from the air]
page updated 2016-06-07