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HER Number:MDV77747
Name:Boiler House, Gawton Mine


Remains of boiler house, part of engine house complex at Gawton Mine.


Grid Reference:SX 452 688
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BOILER HOUSE (XIX - 1894 AD to 1894 AD (Throughout))

Full description

Timms, S., 1985, An Archaeological Assessment of the Remains of the Quay, Mine and Arsenic Works at Gawton, Tavistock Hamlets, 10.1, appendix (Report - Assessment). SDV352213.

10.1 - Boiler house noted on sources dated 1895, 1906, 1953, 1984. good condition. Built 1895. Important survival of balance box.

Dixon, T. + Matthews, A. + Pye A. R. + Slater, W. D., 1988, Gawton Mine and Arsenic Works. The Field Survey. 1988, 38-9 (Report - Survey). SDV222516.

The boiler house is located to the north of the engine house, and has a complete stack still situated at its eastern end outside the building proper. It appears to be of one build with the engine house and with the crusher on its western side, as its roof line is an integral part of the east wall with the latter. It appears to be single storeyed with a sloping roof at the western end and a gable at the eastern end. The main access to the building was through the northern wall at its west end. The internal plan consists of two parallel hollows or flues in between which sat the boiler. The walls survive to their full height. Other details: Figure 20.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 41 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

Dense ivy covers the top of the boiler house walls, which are largely extant and approximately 2.2 metres high, although in places they are collapsing. The outline of the location of the two boilers can be seen at ground level, and the original boiler side bricks may still be in situ. Other details: Figure 36, site 33.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Impact Assessment Report, 16-17 (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 boiler house has trees growing both from its interior and from the sides of the walls, and these will be removed, along with the dense vegetation also affecting the structure. The walls appear to be stable, although they would benefit from the upper sections being re-bedded in lime mortar, and the upper surfaces repointed. The south wall is only approximately 0.75 metres above the higher ground level on the south side of the boiler house, and has two window openings, whose cill is at ground level, therefore for safety reasons it is proposed to fence the entire wall. The fence will be erected in such a way as to minimise the visual impact as much as possible. Other details: Figure 4, site 33; figures 8, 11-12.

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. 38-9.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #104672 ]
SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 41.
SDV348353Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Impact Assessment Report. Cornwall County Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 16-17.
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. 10.1, appendix.

Associated Monuments

MDV43330Part of: Engine House Complex, Gawton Mine (Monument)
MDV5490Part of: Gawton Mine, West Devon (Monument)
MDV44430Part of: Manor House, Burgmann's Hill (Building)

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 10:44AM