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HER Number:MDV56080
Name:Wheal Maria, Morris' Shaft


Morris' Shaft at Wheal Maria mine which was part of Devon Great Consols


Grid Reference:SX 418 738
Map Sheet:SX47SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SW/504/1/6

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHAFT (XIX to XX - 1801 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Site of a long narrow structure shown on OS 25" (1880s) map to the north of the 'Engine House'. 'Morris' Shaft' is shown as a small rectangular structure c15m to the northeast.

Ordnance Survey, 1884, 105SW (Cartographic). SDV218129.

"Morris's Shaft" on OS 6" (1884) map.

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

"Old Shafts" recorded on OS 6" (1907) map.

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

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

Morris' Shaft. Part of Wheal Maria, Devon Great Consols.

Buck, C., 2002, Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment, 57,Figs 4,8,9,13,38 (Report - Assessment). SDV241758.

Morris' Shaft was opened at Wheal Maria soon after Gard's Shaft to the west (see PRN 3876). It is shown on the 1848 & 1867 maps as being closer to the engine house than labelled on the later 1884 OS map. The survey found a depression 6.5m diameter with a surrounding bank 0.9m high. There was no evidence of the shaft capstan shown on the 1867 map. Other details: Site 37.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV218129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1884. 105SW. 6".
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.
SDV241758Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2002. Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall Archaeological Unit Report. 2002R069. Digital + A4. 57,Figs 4,8,9,13,38.
Linked documents:1
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)
MDV42207Part of: Devon Great Consols, Wheal Maria (Monument)
MDV71305Related to: Wheal Maria, Engine House (Monument)
MDV3876Related to: Wheal Maria, Gard's Shaft (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1236 - Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:May 25 2005 2:51PM