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HER Number:MDV77737
Name:Reservoir, Gawton Mine

Summary

Large rectangular reservoir to east of late 19th century engine house complex at Gawton Mine.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 453 688
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RESERVOIR (XIX - 1894 AD to 1894 AD (Throughout))

Full description

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

'Reservoir' shown.


Timms, S., 1985, An Archaeological Assessment of the Remains of the Quay, Mine and Arsenic Works at Gawton, Tavistock Hamlets, 10.6, appendix (Report - Assessment). SDV352213.

10.6 - Reservoir eat of the Boiler House noted on sourcs dated 1895 ('pond'), 1906, 1953, 1984. Good condition. Stone lined, rectangular.


Dixon, T. + Matthews, A. + Pye A. R. + Slater, W. D., 1988, Gawton Mine and Arsenic Works. The Field Survey. 1988, 40 (Report - Survey). SDV222516.

Large rectangular vertically-sided feature located some 10-20 metres to the east of the count-house. It is cement lined and is largely filled with vegetation, so any low level drawing point for water from this reservoir is no longer visible. However there is a shillet-lined and roofed tunnel leading from its south-western corner. This may be to carry water down towards the engine and boiler houses from the reservoir. There is also a shallow overflow between the top of the reservoir and this, which is cement lined. Other details: Figures 1, 7.


Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 39-40 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

A letter dating from 1894 refers to 'a large well built reservoir on the top of the incline, which will hold a sufficient amount of water for all dressing purposes.' The concrete and cement lined pond is approximately 19 metres by 8 metres, and 3.2 metres deep. Small trees are growing from the interior of the feature. Other details: Figure 36, site 29.


Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Impact Assessment Report, 35-36 (Report - Assessment). SDV348353.

The Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Project has proposed that a programme of building conservation and public safety works be undertaken to a number of sites within Gawton Quay and Mine. The impact of the proposed scheme on the reservoir pond is related to its long term preservation and the safety of people walking around it. The trees growing from the floor will be removed and the north, west and east sides fenced, given its proximity to the footpath route to the ore dressing buildings. Other details: Figure 4, site 29; figures 6, 22.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV222516Report - Survey: Dixon, T. + Matthews, A. + Pye A. R. + Slater, W. D.. 1988. Gawton Mine and Arsenic Works. The Field Survey. 1988. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 89.02. A4 Stapled + Digital. 40.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #104662 ]
SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 39-40.
SDV348353Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Impact Assessment Report. Cornwall County Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 35-36.
SDV352213Report - Assessment: Timms, S.. 1985. An Archaeological Assessment of the Remains of the Quay, Mine and Arsenic Works at Gawton, Tavistock Hamlets. Devon County Council. A4 Stapled + Digital. 10.6, appendix.

Associated Monuments

MDV43330Part of: Engine House Complex, 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:Aug 29 2019 10:55AM