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HER Number:MDV126690
Name:Arsenic refiner bed, Devon Great Consols


Remains of a ruined circular structure (arsenic refiner bed) and connected brick flue at Devon Great Consols Arsenic works constructed in the early 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 425 732
Map Sheet:SX47SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FLUE (Constructed, Early 20th Century - 1920 AD to 1929 AD (Between))
  • REFINERY (Constructed, Early 20th Century - 1920 AD to 1929 AD (Between))

Full description

White, A., 2009, Structural Appraisal, Arsenic Works, Devon Great Consols, Tamar Valley, Tavistock, Devon, 9-10, figs 50-57 (Report - Survey). SDV347876.

Structural appraisal provided of the arsenic refiner bed at SX 42585 73288. The remains of this circular structure (fig 50) are covered with debris. The outline of the building can be seen on the south side (fig 52). The main structure appears to be stone masonry, with a brick arch visible. The archaeological report indicates there were a series of flues in the refiner but these cannot be confirmed due to the level of debris within the feature.
To the west of the refiner bed are the remains of the flue which came from the refiner to an as yet unidentified condenser unit (figs 54-57). The flue is contained in its own brick structure, although much has now collapsed. Some of the brick facing above the collapsed flue has also failed.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Remains of a circular structure still visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV347876Report - Survey: White, A.. 2009. Structural Appraisal, Arsenic Works, Devon Great Consols, Tamar Valley, Tavistock, Devon. Knevitt Consulting. B6779. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 9-10, figs 50-57.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #122443 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV37330Part of: Arsenic Works at Devon Great Consols Mine, Gulworthy (Building)
MDV126691Related to: Arsenic mill, Devon Great Consols (Monument)
MDV3873Related to: Devon Great Consols, Wheal Anna Maria (Monument)
MDV126644Related to: Flues, Devon Great Consols (Monument)
MDV126645Related to: Furnace, Devon Great Consols (Monument)
MDV126692Related to: Remains of engine and boiler house, Devon Great Consols (Monument)
MDV126647Related to: Wall, Devon Great Consols (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5336 - Structural Appraisal of the Arsenic Works at Devon Great Consols Mine

Date Last Edited:Oct 24 2019 9:53AM