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HER Number:MDV126450
Name:The smithy wheel pit, New Quay


Feature interpreted as a possible wheel pit for the Smithy, although dimensions make this unlikely: measures 6.0 metres long, by 0.7 metres wide and 2.0 metres deep.


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 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Houghton, P., 2015, An Archaeological and Historical Report on New Quay Nr Tavistock Devon Volume One, 53-54, fig 8, 61-62 (Report - Assessment). SDV363202.

The Smithy wheel pit
This feature is not very clear on the ground or on any of the archive maps, but appears to have been approximately 6.0 metres long, by 0.7 metres wide and 2.0 metres deep and as such it is questionable as to whether this was actually a wheel pit at all. No bearing slots on any of the walls to suggest a wheel was ever in position. A possibility suggested is that this pit may have housed a power bellows for the smithy, although Buck (2006) suggests this slot may have been a route for the tailrace from the incline plane wheel pit.
At present, the pit is choked with vegetation; some clearance of this might make interpretation easier.

Sources / Further Reading

Associated Monuments

MDV72692Related to: Gulworthy, New Quay, Incline Plane (Building)
MDV19383Related to: Gulworthy, New Quay, Smithy (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 2:32PM