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HER Number:MDV78253
Name:Plate Railway Lines at Lime Kiln Quay

Summary

Remains of 19th century cast iron plateways revealed during excavations on Lime Kiln Quay at Morwellham.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 446 697
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PLATEWAY (XIX - 1816 AD to 1873 AD (Between))

Full description

Morwellham Display Boards (Illustration). SDV358896.


Waterhouse, R., 2006, Archaeological Excavations at Morwellham, 2002-2006 (Report - Excavation). SDV344984.

A number of early railways existed at Morwellham, and well preserved remains of these survive, including several lengths of cast iron plateways of 1816-17 on the Lime Kiln Quay. Beside the river, excavations revealed a substantial granite turntable pit with intact turntable. From the turntable, plate rails continued along the quay to the west for about 28 metres, while cast iron edge rails of a previously unknown form abutted the opposite side, continuing for up to 25 metres to the east. Other trenches located intact plateways on the quay nearby. Two sequential lines were found, with the earlier line partly overlaid by cobbles.


Waterhouse, R., 2006, Proposed Archaeological Excavation of the Devon Great Consols Incline Portal at Morwellham Quay, 3 (Report - non-specific). SDV344977.


Waterhouse, R., 2009, In-situ Archaeological Finds at Morwellham Quay, 1 (Report - non-specific). SDV344990.

Cast iron plateways and edge railways of 1816-73 on Lime Kiln Quay, some buried beside turntables, but mostly exposed on riverbank. Two chains at either end of riverside line. Also lengths of cast iron plateway of 1816, from road outside Ship Inn to Lime Kiln Quay and also buried under roadways. Other details: Sites 3-5. Map object based on this Source.


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

Map object based on this Source.


Waterhouse, R., 2012, Tavistock Canal: Surveying a Forgotten Marvel of the Industrial Age, 39-40 (Article in Serial). SDV351508.


Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 463, 465-470, 502-508, fig 12.47, 12.110-12.120 (Monograph). SDV361789.

Detail of the plateway remains and Limekil Bar Railway (?1830s-1869) referred to by Waterhouse in his description of the canal incline and its remaining features. See report for full details.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344977Report - non-specific: Waterhouse, R.. 2006. Proposed Archaeological Excavation of the Devon Great Consols Incline Portal at Morwellham Quay. Robert Waterhouse Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV344984Report - Excavation: Waterhouse, R.. 2006. Archaeological Excavations at Morwellham, 2002-2006. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV344990Report - non-specific: Waterhouse, R.. 2009. In-situ Archaeological Finds at Morwellham Quay. A4 Stapled + Digital. 1.
SDV351508Article in Serial: Waterhouse, R.. 2012. Tavistock Canal: Surveying a Forgotten Marvel of the Industrial Age. Current Archaeology. 273. Digital. 39-40.
SDV358896Illustration: Morwellham Display Boards. A4 Unbound + Digital.
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 463, 465-470, 502-508, fig 12.47, 12.110-12.120.

Associated Monuments

MDV7160Part of: Morwellham Quay (Building)
MDV78252Related to: Inclined Plane at Morwellham Quay (Monument)
MDV78259Related to: Plate Railway at Manganese Dock, Morwellham (Monument)
MDV78260Related to: Plate Railway at Old Dock, Morwellham (Monument)
MDV78250Related to: Railway Turntable at Morwellham Quay (Monument)
MDV78251Related to: Railway Turntable at Morwellham Quay (Monument)
MDV5449Related to: Tavistock Canal, Inclined Plane (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4847 - Archaeological Excavation at Morwellham, 2005

Date Last Edited:Jan 24 2019 2:02PM