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HER Number:MDV77613
Name:Wheel Pit in Morwelldown Plantation


A wheel pit shown on the 1867 Bedford Estate survey map, to the east of North Shaft. Infilled and overgrown, with the sides visible as an earthwork.


Grid Reference:SX 459 693
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 26 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

The 1867 maps show this site as a probable wheelpit, providing power for the Bedford Consols main dressing floor, which would have been on its north side. The water supply would probably have come from the nearby reservoir pond. The wheelpit has been infilled to approximately 0.7 metres below ground level and the sides appear for the most part to be visible as an earthwork. It is approximately 8.0 metres long internally and 2.0 metres wide. There is a small amount of masonry visible for a length of 0.7 metres and a height of 0.5 metres at the east end of the south side. Other details: Figure 35, site 7.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 26. [Mapped feature: #104551 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV22881Part of: Bedford Consols or Wheal Gawton Mine (Monument)
MDV129481Part of: Shafts and pits under Maddacleave Wood and Morwelldown Plantation, Gulworthy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Dec 10 2020 3:53PM