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HER Number:MDV51116
Name:Wheal Josiah, Hitchins's Shaft


Hitchins's Shaft at Wheal Josiah mine which was part of Devon Great Consols


Grid Reference:SX 431 736
Map Sheet:SX47SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SW/504/6/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHAFT (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Site of 'Hitchins's Shaft' shown on OS 25" (1880s) map at 'Wheal Josiah (Copper & Arsenic)' mine.

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 105 SW (Cartographic). SDV276342.

Hitchins's Shaft marked on OS 6" (1907) map.

Ordnance Survey, 1954/1970, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV243528.

Hitchins's Shaft (disused) marked on OS 6" (1954/70) map.

Richardson, P. H. G., 1992, The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913, 94-108 (Article in Serial). SDV323598.

Other details: Fig 17.

Buck, C., 1998, Preliminary Assessment of Sites of Archaelogical Importance in the Tamar Valley, 44 (Report - Assessment). SDV241750.

Buck, C., 2002, Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment, 161-162 +Figs 10,21,38 (Report - Assessment). SDV241758.

Hitchins Engine Shaft is shown on 19C maps & was one of the earliest at Wheal Josiah mine. Tha capstan was on the north side of the shaft. The survey found a curvilinear depression 7m x 5m x 1.5m deep at the site of the shaft with a depression to the north 3m diameter x 0.5m deep which was probably the site of the capstan. Other details: Site 233.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV241750Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 1998. Preliminary Assessment of Sites of Archaelogical Importance in the Tamar Valley. Cornwall Archaeological Unit Report. A4 Bound. 44.
SDV241758Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2002. Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall Archaeological Unit Report. 2002R069. Digital + A4. 161-162 +Figs 10,21,38.
Linked documents:1
SDV243528Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1954/1970. 6".
SDV276342Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 105 SW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV323598Article in Serial: Richardson, P. H. G.. 1992. The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913. British Mining. 44. A5 Paperback. 94-108.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV3862Part of: Devon Great Consolidated Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV3874Part of: Devon Great Consols, Wheal Josiah (Monument)
MDV56088Related to: Devon Great Consols, Two Water Wheels (Monument)
MDV71380Related to: Wheal Josiah, Engine House (Monument)
MDV71420Related to: Wheal Josiah, Railway Lines (Monument)
MDV3867Related to: Wheal Josiah, Richard's Engine Shaft (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1503 - Preliminary Assessment of Industrial Sites of Archaeological Importance in the Tamar Valley
  • EDV1504 - Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:May 4 2006 7:08PM