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HER Number:MDV72771
Name:Wheal Russell Mine, Waterwheel


Site of 19th century waterwheel at Wheal Russell Mine


Grid Reference:SX 438 711
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

  • WATER WHEEL (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Rectangular feature shown on 19th century map with a 'Sluice' on the leat to the east.

Buck, C., 2005, Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 23 (Report - Assessment). SDV336659.

Waterwheel (Site 10) shown on 19th century maps. A leat (see PRN 22884) took water from the Tavistock Canal north to South Bedford Mine & supplied water to this wheel via a sluice at SX4387671115. The water wheel was used as a power source to drain & wind ore from the Main Lode through Matthews Shaft (see PRN 72770) & Maria Shaft (see PRN 22885) at Wheal Russell Mine (see PRN 22886). The survey in 2005 found the west wheelpit wall 3 meters wide x 0.45 meters thick x 3.1 meters high. Part of the south wall was also visible. Other details: Fig 8.

Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 231-234, Fig 7.19 (Monograph). SDV361789.

See publication for full details and plan.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336659Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2005. Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R0004. A4 Stapled + Digital. 23.
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 231-234, Fig 7.19.

Associated Monuments

MDV22886Part of: Wheal Russell Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV22884Related to: Bedford United Mine, Leat (Monument)
MDV22885Related to: Maria Shaft, Wheal Russell Mine (Monument)
MDV72770Related to: Wheal Russell Mine, Matthew Shaft, Spoil Mound & Building (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4040 - Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:Dec 13 2018 11:59AM