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HER Number:MDV71534
Name:Wheal Emma, Flat Rod Tower


Flat rod tower at Wheal Emma mine which was part of Devon Great Consols


Grid Reference:SX 435 735
Map Sheet:SX47SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Buck, C., 2002, Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment, 186-7 Figs 22,24,25,38 (Report - Assessment). SDV241758.

A flat rod tower shown on the 1884 OS map to the south of a high retaining wall of a reservoir pond (see PRN 42208) at Wheal Emma. The tower is sited at the highest point of the flat rods & holes for mounting bolts suggest it supported a swinging mechanism. The survey in 2002 found a masonry tower c6.5m high x 1.6m wide with a stone arched opening 1.5m high x 0.9m wide with water running through. A tall arch runs east to west through the tower with timber lintels. Other details: Site 284.

Buck, C., 2009, Devon Great Consols Mine, Devon. Impact Assessment, 14, 24 (Report - Assessment). SDV347874.

Conservation works are planned as part of the Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Project, which include repairs to the flat rod tower. Weather erosion has affected the structural stability of the masonry and the timber lintels, which are likely to need replacing. Soft and crumbling mortar will be removed and replaced, and mortar added where there are voids. Other details: Figure 4, site 284.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV241758Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2002. Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall Archaeological Unit Report. 2002R069. Digital + A4. 186-7 Figs 22,24,25,38.
Linked documents:1
SDV347874Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2009. Devon Great Consols Mine, Devon. Impact Assessment. Historic Environment Projects, Cornwall Council Report. R2009R075. A4 Stapled + Digital. 14, 24.

Associated Monuments

MDV3862Part of: Devon Great Consolidated Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV3878Part of: Devon Great Consols, Wheal Emma (Monument)
MDV42208Related to: Wheal Emma, Ponds (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1912 - Devon Great Consols: Archaeological Assessment
  • EDV5333 - Impact Assessment Report on Devon Great Consols Mine

Date Last Edited:Nov 10 2011 11:37AM