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HER Number:MDV63005
Name:Waterwheel at the manganese mill, Morwellham

Summary

The present 32 feet diameter wheel was salvaged from the china clay workings on Headon Down in 1973 and re-erected in the existing wheelpit. The original wheel powered a manganese grinding works.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 445 696
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46NW/584

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATER WHEEL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Morwellham Display Boards (Illustration). SDV358896.

Booker, F., 1970, The Story of Morwellham (Monograph). SDV323432.

Gaskell-Brown, C., 1977, Morwellham: An Archaeological Survey, 17 (Report - Survey). SDV344219.

No information survives about the original wheel, but from the dimensions of the wheelpit and the position of the stone walls supporting the launder, a close estimate of the size was possible. An abandoned 32 foot wheel was salvaged from the china-clay workings at Headon Down in 1973, and installed in the existing wheelpit.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 580 (Monograph). SDV325629.

Dyer, M. J. + Manning, P. T., 1998, Objective 5B: Lower Tamar Valley Recreation and Land Management Iinitiative: Cultural Heritage Appraisal, 40 (Report - non-specific). SDV319814.

Waterwheel at Morwellham Quay of 32 feet diameter. Brought from Dartmoor in 1975 and re-erected at former manganese grinding works. Wheel worked by leat from canal.

Passmore, A. J., 2009, Archaeological Recording at Morwellham Quay 2008-9, 3 (Report - Survey). SDV344217.

Other details: Figure 3.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Knevitt Consulting Engineers, Unknown, Elevations and plans of Structures at Morwellham Quay (Plan - measured). SDV347962.

Plans and sections of the waterwheel installation and manganese mill showing areas in need of consolidation and repair.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 40.
SDV323432Monograph: Booker, F.. 1970. The Story of Morwellham. The Story of Morwellham. Unknown.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 580.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97185 ]
SDV344217Report - Survey: Passmore, A. J.. 2009. Archaeological Recording at Morwellham Quay 2008-9. Exeter Archaeology Report. 09.100. Digital. 3.
SDV344219Report - Survey: Gaskell-Brown, C.. 1977. Morwellham: An Archaeological Survey. A4 Stapled + Digital. 17.
SDV347962Plan - measured: Knevitt Consulting Engineers. Unknown. Elevations and plans of Structures at Morwellham Quay. A3 Folded + Digital.
SDV358896Illustration: Morwellham Display Boards. A4 Unbound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV76288Part of: Manganese mill at Morwellham Quay (Monument)
MDV76291Related to: Launder for Manganese Mill at Morwellham Quay (Monument)
MDV76292Related to: Leat at Morwellham (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4589 - Archaeological Recording at Morwellham Quay 2008-9
  • EDV4590 - Archaeological Recording at Morwellham Quay 2008-9

Date Last Edited:Feb 5 2020 4:06PM