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HER Number:MDV37327
Name:Wheal Maria Farm


19C mine captain's house for Wheal Maria which was originally four cottages & is now a farmhouse. It was formerly known as Grenoven Farmhouse


Grid Reference:SX 418 740
Map Sheet:SX47SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SW/504/1/3
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INDUSTRIAL HOUSE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880s, Ordnance Survey (Cartographic). SDV848.

A large square building is shown on OS 25" (1880s) map with a narrow building adjoining to the west. The building is in a square yard with a large rectangular enclosure to the north.

Goodridge, J. C., 1964, Devon Great Consols, a Study of Victorian Mining Enterprise, 240-241 (Article in Serial). SDV240773.

Many cottages were built for the miners at Devon Great Consols. Also 12 agents' houses and a school were built.

Department of Environment, 1987, Tavistock Hamlets, 87 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV221830.

Grenoven Farmhouse. Mine captain's house for Wheal Maria, now farmhouse. Circa mid 19C. Rubble rendered, three bays of house to right with slate-hung front. Asbestos slate roof with brick stacks left and right to front and rear slopes of house. Double depth plan with central entry, principal rooms right and left of passage with service rooms to rear and straight stair to rear left of passage, all rooms heated; two storey integral stable attached to left at same roof height, with rear entrance. Two storeys and three windows, ground floor has two 16 pane sashes and central 20C door with overlight, 3 hipped half-dormers above, each with 2-light casement of 8 panes each light. Right gable end rendered. Left gable end has buttresses. Rear has 16 pane sash at ground floor left and right, central plain door and 2 hipped dormers with casements as on front; 20 pane stair light off-centre to right. Stable end to rear has door and 2 light casement of 8 panes each light. Interior not inspected.

Pye, A. R. + Dixon, T., 1989, The Arsenic Works at Devon Great Consols Mine, Tavistock, 108 (Article in Serial). SDV219136.

Dyer, M. J. + Manning, P. T., 1998, Objective 5B: Lower Tamar Valley Recreation and Land Management Iinitiative: Cultural Heritage Appraisal, 34 (Report - non-specific). SDV319814.

Buck, C., 2002, Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment, 238 (Report - Assessment). SDV241758.

Wheal Maria mine's Captain's House was labelled 'Cottages and Gardens' on the 1857 lease map & appears to have been built as four cottages. It had become a single house by 1867 & was known as 'Grenoven Farmhouse'. The lower western section had been used to stable plough horses into the 20C. The house is now called 'Wheal Maria Farm' Other details: Site 391.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219136Article in Serial: Pye, A. R. + Dixon, T.. 1989. The Arsenic Works at Devon Great Consols Mine, Tavistock. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 47. Paperback Volume. 108.
SDV221830List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Tavistock Hamlets. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 87.
SDV240773Article in Serial: Goodridge, J. C.. 1964. Devon Great Consols, a Study of Victorian Mining Enterprise. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 96. 240-241.
SDV241758Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2002. Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall Archaeological Unit Report. 2002R069. Digital + A4. 238.
Linked documents:1
SDV319814Report - non-specific: Dyer, M. J. + Manning, P. T.. 1998. Objective 5B: Lower Tamar Valley Recreation and Land Management Iinitiative: Cultural Heritage Appraisal. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.60. A4 Stapled + Digital. 34.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV3862Part of: Devon Great Consolidated Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV42207Part of: Devon Great Consols, Wheal Maria (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1233 - Objective 5B: Lower Tamar Valley Recreation and Land Management Initiative: Cultural Heritage Appraisal
  • EDV1234 - Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:May 4 2006 5:02PM