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HER Number:MDV72768
Name:Quarry by Devon Great Consols Railway, Gulworthy


A small 19th century quarry to the east of Wheal Russell Mine which may have supplied stone for the retaining wall of the adjacent Devon Great Consols railway line.


Grid Reference:SX 440 708
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

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

Full description

Buck, C., 2005, Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 20 (Report - Assessment). SDV336659.

A small quarry (Site 4) was identified during an assessment at Wheal Russell Mine in 2005 on the east side of the Devon Great Consols railway line. The feature was shown on the 19th century archive maps and may have been used to provide stone for the railway bed retaining wall. The back wall was 15 metres long by 8 metres deep by 6 metres high. To the north was a feature 3.8 metres wide by 3.8 metres high which resembled an adit 'lobby' but may have been an extension of the quarry.

Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2017, South Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment, 989 (Interpretation). SDV360825.

A quarry was recorded to the east of the mine track which runs parallel to the line of Devon Great Consols railway. Colin Buck (2005, Site 4) recorded the feature as having a back wall 6 metres high. It is possible that the quarry supplied stone for the nearby track or railway bed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336659Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2005. Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R0004. A4 Stapled + Digital. 20. [Mapped feature: #100190 ]
SDV360825Interpretation: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2017. South Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. RCZAS. Digital. 989.

Associated Monuments

MDV72767Related to: Devon Great Consols Railway, Retaining Wall (Monument)
MDV3880Related to: Devon Great Consols, Railway (Monument)
MDV22886Related to: Wheal Russell Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4040 - Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:Apr 11 2018 2:31PM