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HER Number:MDV77812
Name:Incline Tramway Tunnel, Gawton Mine


Tunnel under access track and waste dump for incline tramway between King's Shaft and engine house complex.


Grid Reference:SX 451 687
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

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

Full description

Dixon, T. + Matthews, A. + Pye A. R. + Slater, W. D., 1988, Gawton Mine and Arsenic Works. The Field Survey. 1988, 17 (Report - Survey). SDV222516.

The incline is carried underneath the track to the quay by means of a brick arched tunnel. The access road revetment wall is constructed slightly higher above the tunnel mouth than it is on either side, and also consists at this point of horizontally coursed shillet as opposed to the rest of it which consists of vertically set shillet. The two wallings do not seem to be bonded into each other and thus the tunnel may well be an insertion. The southern end of the tunnel is not now visible, presumably having been covered with slippage from the mine dumps.

Buck, C., 2006, Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 46 (Report - Assessment). SDV344672.

The tramway went under the acess track and part of the dressing floor waste tip via a tunnel. This brick arched incline tunnel has now collapsed. Other details: Figure 36, site 41.1.

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. 17.
SDV344672Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2006. Gawton Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2006R023. A4 Stapled + Digital. 46.

Associated Monuments

MDV5490Part of: Gawton Mine, West Devon (Monument)
MDV77797Related to: Incline Tramway to Kings Shaft, 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 9 2010 1:12PM