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HER Number:MDV51413
Name:Site of gas works, Princetown

Summary

The prison Gas Works was built in 1875 and supplied the town as well as the prison.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 585 742
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/342

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GAS WORKS (XIX - 1850 AD? to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880 - 1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Gas Works' is depicted on the late 19th century historic map. An enclosed rectangular area is shown with internal buildings.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Gas Works'. Most of the same buildings shown as on the late 19th century historic map, but with a large additonal rectangular building to the south.


Joy, R., 2002, Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History Volume 2 The Convict Prison 1850-Present Day At Her Majesty's Pleasure, 60-1, 66, 137 (Monograph). SDV359843.

The prison gasworks were built in 1875 was supplied the town as well as the prison. It produced 4 630 000 cubic feet of gas in the late 19th century for cell, prison and street lighting but was an expensive cost to the prison, as well as producing by-products such as coke for heating, breeze (cinders), which was used on prison lands and roads and tar which was used to waterproof buildings and surface prison roads.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Unmarked buildings shown on the modern mapping. At least one of the buildings shown on the early 20th century historic map appears to have survived in some form. Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880 - 1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • Monograph: Joy, R.. 2002. Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History Volume 2 The Convict Prison 1850-Present Day At Her Majesty's Pleasure. Dartmoor Prison A Complete Illustrated History. 2. Hardback Volume. 60-1, 66, 137.

Associated Monuments

MDV5548Related to: British Patent Naptha Tramway, Princetown (Monument)
MDV117301Related to: Dartmoor Prison Farm (Monument)
MDV114496Related to: Dartmoor Prison: Former Infirmary (Building)
MDV51414Related to: Stables near prison, Princetown (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7115 - Assessment of the buildings at Princetown Prison, Dartmoor

Date Last Edited:Aug 7 2018 8:47AM