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HER Number:MDV126447
Name:Wheel pit, New Quay


Wheel pit north of the inclined plane at New Quay.


Grid Reference:SX 454 696
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WHEEL PIT (Constructed, XIX - 1801 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Houghton, P., 2015, An Archaeological and Historical Report on New Quay Nr Tavistock Devon Volume One, 50-52, fig 8, 57-59 (Report - Assessment). SDV363202.

The wheel pit is in fair condition although somewhat overgrown internally. Measures approximately 1.4 metres wide by 4.0 metres long and 4.0 metres deep. There is an internal buttress on the northern side around 1.0 metres high. The bearing slots for the wheel axle can clearly be seen and the dimensions of the pit implies the wheel had a diameter of 2.6 metres (8 foot 6 inches) and a width of 1.07 metres (3 feet 6 inches) citing Gaskell-Brown (1982, 141).
The wheel pit walls are in good condition. The wheel pit is offset from the incline plan by 2.4 metres to allow for the winding drum and related mechanism to take the small trucks on top of the storage bays, via a pulley system of wires or chains between to two close set vertical walls (fig 58).

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

Depicted on the modern mapping, to the north of the incline.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #121763 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV19380Part of: New Quay (Monument)
MDV72692Related to: Gulworthy, New Quay, Incline Plane (Building)
MDV126449Related to: Wheel pit header pond, New Quay (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6507 - Survey of New Quay (Ref: 090239)
  • EDV8147 - Watching brief during vegetation clearance works at New Quay

Date Last Edited:Sep 12 2019 2:00PM