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HER Number:MDV77749
Name:Grinder House, Gawton Mine


Crusher or grinder house, on south side of engine house complex at Gawton Mine.


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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GRINDING HOUSE (XIX - 1894 AD to 1894 AD (Between))

Full description

Dixon, T. + Matthews, A. + Pye A. R. + Slater, W. D., 1988, Gawton Mine and Arsenic Works. The Field Survey. 1988, 37 (Report - Survey). SDV222516.

Crusher located immediately south of the engine house survives to full height, and is two storeyed with a gable in the western wall. At first floor level there are openings in the eastern wall, presumably for loading raw materials. Other details: Figure 20.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 42 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

The grinder house, named as such on a plan of abandoned mines, is located on the south side of the engine house, and appears to be in a relatively good condition, with extant walls on all elevations. However the design of these buildings utilised a great deal of timber, some of which appears to be rotting, and stone from a local source which is now very soft and crumbling. Other details: Figures 28, 36, site 35.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Impact Assessment Report, 19-21 (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 crusher house is simply to repoint, conserve and consolidate the building to ensure its continued survival. There are few structural remediation works necessary for this building, however the rotting of timber lintels in the east wall, which supported the wall above the large timber joist holes, has caused localised collapse of a section of wall. The lintels should be replaced and the masonry rebuilt to strengthen the wall. In addition, some other rotting lintels on this wall should be replaced and limited repointing undertaken. Other details: Figure 4, site 35; figures 11, 13; photograph figure 10.

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. 37.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #104674 ]
SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 42.
SDV348353Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Impact Assessment Report. Cornwall County Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 19-21.

Associated Monuments

MDV43330Part of: Engine House Complex, Gawton Mine (Monument)
MDV5490Part of: Gawton Mine, West Devon (Monument)
MDV77739Related to: Ingletts farmstead, Holne (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Nov 11 2011 12:17PM