Remains of old pubs and cottages discovered by archaeologists at the site of a former shop in Tavistock’s Brook Street |

Archaeologists discovered the remains of two 18th century cottages when a former store in Tavistock was demolished, it emerged today.

They also discovered the remains of a pub, date unknown, a battered toilet bowl, a 1946 coin and – oddly – ​​teeth.

Archaeologists working for Taunton Land Ltd, who have called for the old Woolworth store in Brook Street to be demolished and replaced with new stores, believe the teeth could have been pulled from the owner’s mouth during a fight.

Laurence Vinnels, of Devon-based AC archaeologists, said they found artifacts in an old garage.

He said that although he was at this stage uncertain of the age of the pub, the cottages had been checked against an old street map and had been dated 1724.

Mr Vinnels said work at the stores had been suspended until the site had been thoroughly surveyed and added: ‘It’s hard to say how long we’ll be here and a lot depends on what we find. else.

“If we find something huge, it is clear that we will stay here much longer.”

Woolworths was closed in Tavistock after its parent company went bankrupt in 2008. The building, which had its own garden centre, was taken over by a fashion store, but more recently it was a shoe store.

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