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HER Number:MDV64737
Name:Flatrod Gullies (a) and (b) from Engine Wheel 1 at Eylesbarrow Tine Mine


Flatrod Gullies (a) and (b) from Engine Wheel 1 forming part of the 19th century Eylesbarrow Tin Mine


Grid Reference:SX 596 680
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/187/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FLATROD GULLY (XVIII to XIX - 1750 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine, 111-121 (Article in Serial). SDV231130.

Evidence exists for two flatrod systems from Engine Wheel 1 consisting of linear channels and stone post alignments. The southern system extending to 777 metres is aligned on a shaft at SX60106827 and 'Deacon's Shaft' at SX60246834 where there may have been a bob pit. The northern flatrod system extending to 672 metres is aligned on 'Barrack/New Engine Shaft' with a bob pit at SX59866817, 'Old Ladderway Shaft' at SX 59916818, 'Philips Shaft' with whim at SX59976823, 'Engine/Old Shaft' at SX60066829 and 'Whitford/Henry's Shaft' at SX60146832 where there was a bob pit and whim.

Newman , P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine, 16, Figures 2, 5-6, Appendices 1,3 (Report - Survey). SDV352201.

Flatrods (a) and (b) from the north end of Engine Wheel 1 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine run north-east. Two recesses in the north end of the outer wheelpit structure indicate the positions through which the flatrods passed. They would have been fixed to a crank mounted on the axle of the wheel, which converted motion from rotational to reciprocal. The flatrods consisted of iron rods extending between the water wheel and the engine shafts. The pairs of supporting posts are spaced about 0.4 metres apart with 5.5-7 metres between the pairs. The height varies with the topograhy with some up to 1 metre tall. These pairs of posts form the extant remains for the flatrod system. The northern alignment (a) originaly extended to Old Engine Shaft 19 which is 663 metres from the wheel. It also aligns with Henry's Engine Shaft 22 which is 672 metres from the wheel. The southern alignment (b) led to Barrack/New Engine Shaft 14 which is 354 metres from the wheel and originally to Pryce Deacon's Shaft 22 which is 777 metres from the wheel.The course of the flatrod is mainly visible as a V-shaped channel which runs beside the track, crosses it then traverses the spoil heap to the south of Footway Shaft 17.

English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Line of posts shown on survey running north-east from the east end of the wheelpit.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Traces of a linear feature visible on aerial photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231130Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1999. Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 57. Paperback Volume. 111-121.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97662 ]
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV352201Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 1999. Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine. English Heritage Survey Report. A4 Spiral Bound. 16, Figures 2, 5-6, Appendices 1,3.

Associated Monuments

MDV3330Part of: Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV66408Related to: Mine Shaft 14 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV66495Related to: Mine Shaft 17 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV66469Related to: Mine Shaft 19 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV66472Related to: Mine Shaft 21 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV66477Related to: Mine Shaft 22 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV6239 - Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2014 10:16AM