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HER Number:MDV120325
Name:Tramway routes at Meldon Limestone Quarry


Survey in 1997 indicated probable layout of tramways used during the 1890s to move stone around the quarry.


Grid Reference:SX 564 922
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRAMWAY (XIX - 1875 AD? to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map, 9-10, fig 8 (Cartographic). SDV336179.

In the late 19th century what had previously been waste material dumped on the east bank of the river was now taken in trucks to a series of corrugated iron buildings at the northern end of the east side tramway. A transfer shed was used whereby the finished material was consigned to wagons operating on a separate incline leading to the London and South Western Rail sidings on the eastern edge of Meldon Viaduct. This incline becomes apparent as an earthwork partially obscuring the mouth of the early limekiln (MDV17702).
Description of the potential arrangements of tracks included; see report for full details.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). 9-10, fig 8. [Mapped features: #79563 ; #79564 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4826Part of: Meldon Lime Works (Monument)
MDV120331Related to: Leat south of the Meldon Viaduct (Monument)
MDV17702Related to: Lime Kiln at Meldon Lime Works (Monument)
MDV120326Related to: Site of crushing sheds at Meldon Limestone Quarry (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4968 - Survey of Meldon Industrial Landscape
  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park

Date Last Edited:Dec 4 2017 2:32PM