Saltash possesses a very old charter, dated 1201. It was a ferry town and in the medieval period the most important port on the lower reaches of the River Tamar, with a flourishing oyster fishery. In the twentieth century Saltash became a commuter town for Plymouth across the water.
Population 1861: 1,900
Population 2011: 16,400
Planned population 2031: 18,700