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HER Number:MDV13468
Name:Iron tramway trolley at Petre's Pits, Bala Brook Head


An iron tramway trolley, with flanged wheels noted in 1977 at Bala Brook Head, a few hundred metres below the China Clay pits, and about 20m from the foundations of a small building. Thought to date to 1920s. Robinson records to was to be removed to the 'National Park museum'.


Grid Reference:SX 661 647
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/324/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (XIX to Early 20th Century - 1880 AD (Between) to 1925 AD (Between))

Full description

Robinson, R., 1978, South Brent Parish Checklist, Page 394 of 821 (Un-published). SDV137445.

Tramway trolley, Bala Brook Head. Extant. Probably dates from 1923. To be removed to National Park museum.
(September 1977) An iron trolley with flanged wheels stands close to the east side of the tin streaming area at Bala Brook Head, a few hundred metres below the China Clay pits, and about 20m from the foundations of a small building. It is on a level area and stands on a pair of laid iron rails which it fits and which are part of a narrow gauge system laid in the area to connect the China Clay workings with the transport system to the Shipley Works. Lettering on the wheel hubs 'Hudson Leeds', diameter of the wheels 14". The second pair of wheels is missing and the superstructure much eroded. Internal width of super- structure 30". This may be the remains of a side tipping structure. The existing firm of Robert Hudson (Raletrux Ltd) confirm that the wheels and the axle bases are certainly of their manufacture but are extremely doubtful, judging from the photograph whether the truck was supplied as far back as 1872.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137445Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1978. South Brent Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Page 394 of 821. [Mapped feature: #5118 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5718Part of: Petre's Pits (Monument)
MDV13467Related to: Tramway at Petre's Pits clay work, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV8359 - WAGON (XIX to Early 20th Century - 1900 AD? to 1925 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 4 2023 4:21PM