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HER Number:MDV52866
Name:Tavistock Canal, Weir & Sluice

Summary

Modern sluice on the site of an earlier sluice & weir on the Tavistock Canal

Location

Grid Reference:SX 448 702
Map Sheet:SX47SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK HAMLETS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SW/505/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SLUICE GATE (Constructed, XX - 1933 AD to 1934 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Site of 'Weir' & sluice shown as 'Sl' on early 20th century map to the west of the southern portal of the tunnel under Morwell Down on the Tavistock Canal.


Ordnance Survey, 1907, 111NE (Cartographic). SDV215706.

'Weir' marked on Tavistock Canal (see PRN 3879) supplying a leat (see PRN 19388) marked on Ordnance Survey (1907) and (1954) maps.


Ordnance Survey, 1954, SX47SW (Cartographic). SDV336689.


Hedges, C., 1975, The Tavistock Canal. A Short History (Monograph). SDV361772.


Buck, C., 2005, Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 46 (Report - Assessment). SDV336659.

Sluice (Site 59) in the same place as that shown from the mid 19th century when an earlier leat took water from the Tavistock Canal via a long leat to George & Charlotte Mine, Newquay & Gawton Mine. In 1932 a West Devon electric supply company used water from the canal via a leat to a reservoir header pond & then to the turbines at the Morwellham hydro electric generator. The survey in 2005 found a new sluice gate system giving a 2.5 meter wide watercourse.


Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 332, fig 10.29 (Monograph). SDV361789.

A large guillotine sluice near the tunnel portal controls the flow of the water; the waste goes down the valley over a small adjoining weir.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV215706Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 111NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336659Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2005. Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R0004. A4 Stapled + Digital. 46.
SDV336689Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1954. SX47SW. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV361772Monograph: Hedges, C.. 1975. The Tavistock Canal. A Short History. The Tavistock Canal. A5 Paperback.
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 332, fig 10.29.

Associated Monuments

MDV3879Part of: Tavistock Canal, Western Section (Monument)
MDV3879Related to: Tavistock Canal, Western Section (Monument)
MDV19388Related to: Leat from Tavistock Canal, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV121796Related to: Leat to Reservoir for Morwellham Hydro-Electric Power Station (Monument)
MDV124677Related to: Morwellham Tunnel end wharf (Monument)
MDV3882Related to: Southern Portal to Tavistock Canal Tunnel (Building)
MDV3879Part of: Tavistock Canal, Western Section (Monument)
MDV3879Related to: Tavistock Canal, Western Section (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4040 - Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:Jan 24 2019 9:37AM