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HER Number:MDV77617
Name:Engine and Boiler House in Morwelldown Plantation


Remains of engine and boiler house to the east of North Shaft in Morwelldown Plantation consist of an elongated pit with remnants of masonry walling.


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

  • ENGINE HOUSE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Building shown to east of 'Old Shaft'.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 27 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

The building, shown on the 1867 Bedford Estates map, was probably constructed in the 1850s to pump water up the shaft to the reservoir using flat rods and a balance bob mechanism. The steam engine was presumably a small rotary engine which not only pumped the Engine Shaft but may have had a small copper crusher attached. The site is marked by an elongated pit, 8 metres long, 5 metres wide and 1 metre deep. There are masonry wall remnants along the west side of the pit which are 0.7 metres high for a length of 2 metres. There are likely to be more walled remains buried in the sides of the pit. Other details: Figure 35, site 9.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #104554 ]
SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 27.

Associated Monuments

MDV129481Parent of: Shafts and pits under Maddacleave Wood and Morwelldown Plantation, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV22881Part of: Bedford Consols or Wheal 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:Dec 10 2020 4:01PM