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HER Number:MDV69514
Name:Gawton Mine, Pearce's Shaft


Remains of Pearce's Shaft' at Gawton Mine.


Grid Reference:SX 454 690
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46NE/527/21

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHAFT (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Timms, S., 1985, An Archaeological Assessment of the Remains of the Quay, Mine and Arsenic Works at Gawton, Tavistock Hamlets (Report - Assessment). SDV352213.

12.2 - Pearce's Shaft noted on sources dated 1895, 1906, 1953 and 1984. Visible.

Buck, C., 2003, Gawton Mine, Devon, 11-12 (Report - Survey). SDV222530.

Pearce's Shaft at Gawton Mine recommended to be fenced in 2003. Other details: Fig 5,14.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 33 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

Pearce's shaft appears to be an early one, as there is no mention of its sinking in the documentary accounts of the 1850s. It accessed the main stopes in the eastern part of Main (Copper) Lode, as evidenced by the size of the waste rock outside and down slope of the adit portal. It is unfenced and open, located uphill approximately 5 metres east of the leat. It is approximately 2.1 metres wide and 2 metres long to a depth of about 8 metres, then inclines to the south and is not visible. The shaft opening is somewhat larger as it has been cut from the side of the hill. Other details: Figures 5-6, 21, 35, site 19.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV222530Report - Survey: Buck, C.. 2003. Gawton Mine, Devon. Cornwall Archaeological Unit Report. 2003R086. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11-12.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #99052 ]
SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 33.
SDV352213Report - Assessment: Timms, S.. 1985. An Archaeological Assessment of the Remains of the Quay, Mine and Arsenic Works at Gawton, Tavistock Hamlets. Devon County Council. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5490Part of: Gawton Mine, West Devon (Monument)
MDV77698Related to: Deep Adit, Gawton Mine (Monument)
MDV77687Related to: Spoil Heap at Pearce's Shaft, Gawton Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4746 - Archaeological Assessment of Gawton Mine, Devon
  • EDV4747 - Field Survey of Gawton Mine

Date Last Edited:Sep 5 2019 10:56AM