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HER Number:MDV126491
Name:Wheel pit at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine

Summary

A wheel pit sited at SX 6815 8090 near the main area of surface activity at the 19th-20th century Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 681 809
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 SE 330
  • Pastscape: 1339596

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WHEEL PIT (Constructed, XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 2002, Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines (Report - Survey). SDV363213.

(Visited 29/03/2001) A wheel pit sited at SX 6815 8090 near the main area of surface activity at the 19th-20th century Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine. The waterwheel was used to supply motion to the flat rods which powered the underground pumping via Dunstan's Shaft. It measures 14.5 metres by 1.8 metres but only survives to 1 metre deep as much masonry has tumbled inside. The walls are constructed from very large pieces of masonry. Water was diverted to the wheel from a branch of the main mine leat (Monument HOB UID 1339538) via the tailrace of another wheel pit sited further uphill to the west (Monument HOB UID 1339538).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV363213Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines. English Heritage. A1/34/2002. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6638Part of: Birch Tor and Vitifer Tin Mine, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV126487Related to: Carpenter's shop at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)
MDV118862Related to: Medieval Field System to the north of the Settlement at Headland Warren, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV126489Related to: Mine buildings at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)
MDV126478Related to: Openwork 500 metres south-west of Birch Tor (Monument)
MDV27831Related to: Ruined remains of mine office at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)
MDV126481Related to: Tin streamworks in the Redwater Valley (Monument)
MDV126490Related to: Turbine house at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7139 - Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines Survey (Ref: A1/20/2001, A1/34/2002)

Date Last Edited:Sep 17 2019 1:29PM