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HER Number:MDV77698
Name:Deep Adit, Gawton Mine


Deep Adit, possibly the site of the first discovery of copper and arsenic lodes in the 18th century. Adit portal belived to be west of Bayly's Shaft, discharging into River Tamar.


Grid Reference:SX 453 689
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

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

Full description

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 10, 35 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

The site of Bayly's Shaft and Deep Adit may be the sites of the first discovery of the copper and arsenic lodes in the 18th century. The adit portal, believed to be just west of Bayly's Shaft, could not be clearly seen. In the 1970s an underground inspection was made of part of the adit by descending Pearce's Shaft. This revealed that the adit dropped by several metres near Bayly's Shaft prior to discharging into the River Tamar at river level. It can probably be seen by boat after close inspection of the vertical retaining wall masonry on the west side of the water wheel pit, close to river level. Other details: Figure 36, site 22.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 10, 35.

Associated Monuments

MDV43331Related to: Gawton Mine, Bayly's Shaft (Monument)
MDV69514Related to: Gawton Mine, Pearce's Shaft (Monument)
MDV77701Related to: Unnamed Shaft at 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:Jul 5 2010 11:22AM