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HER Number:MDV77750
Name:Crusher House, Gawton Mine


Crusher house on north 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

  • CRUSHING MILL (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, 38 (Report - Survey). SDV222516.

The northern crusher is located immediately to the north of the engine house on the same alignment and frontage as the southern crusher. It is two storeys in height with gable ends surviving on the western wall and partly surviving on the eastern wall. It held a Cornish Rolls Crusher which was used for crushing the ore with high arsenic content. Other details: Figure 20.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 43 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

The building is in a very precarious condition, given the nature of the masonry stone and the amount of timber in the walls. The front (west) wall collapsed a few years ago, leaving the side walls very vulnerable, especially the north wall. The east (rear) internal wall has lost an important lintel which has cause a great deal of masonry to collapse. Other details: Figure 36, site 36.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Impact Assessment Report, 21-22 (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 conservation scheme on the grinder house will be to carry out conservation works to keep the remaining walls extant. This may entail localised rebuilding and stitching of the north wall, and repointing of the remnants of collapsed west wall. General works include the repointing of a high percentage of the upper walls to retain structural strength and replacing some timber lintels. Other details: Figure 4, site 36; figures 11, 13.

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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #104675 ]
SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 43.
SDV348353Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Impact Assessment Report. Cornwall County Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 21-22.

Associated Monuments

MDV43330Part of: Engine House Complex, Gawton Mine (Monument)
MDV5490Part of: Gawton Mine, West Devon (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 12:30PM