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HER Number:MDV124526
Name:Morwellham Pump House


Built in 1856 to house an overshot water wheel supplying the newly built row of Bedford Estate cottages to the west.


Grid Reference:SX 445 697
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PUMP HOUSE (Built, XIX - 1856 AD to 1856 AD (Between))

Full description

Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 286, fig 7.1, 7.22 & 8.62 (Monograph). SDV361789.

The Morwellham pump house is located beside the foot of the inclined plane from the canal and took water via cast iron pipe from the leat serving Morwellham Manganese Mill (fig 8.62). It contains a 10 foot diameter by 1 foot 6 inch breast overshot waterwheel and was built 1856 to feed a small water tower, supplying the newly built row of 22 Bedford Estate cottages 60 metres to the west with drinking water. Waterhouse includes survey drawings of the building and internal machinery.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 286, fig 7.1, 7.22 & 8.62.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #114853 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5449Related to: Tavistock Canal, Inclined Plane (Monument)
MDV123232Related to: Tavistock Canal, Main record (Monument)
MDV5450Related to: Workers' Cottages at Morwellham (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 10 2019 2:01PM