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HER Number:MDV78650
Name:Buildings or Possible Wheel Pit at Stephen's Shaft


A long thin feature shown on a late 19th century map may have been storage buildings associated with the winding engine and boiler house to the east, or less likely, a wheel pit.


Grid Reference:SX 446 709
Map Sheet:SX47SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Buck, C., 2010, Stephens Shaft, Morwell, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 35-36 (Report - Assessment). SDV345554.

A long thin rectangular feature (approximately 2.5 - 3 metres wide), shown on the lease map of 1891 close to the road hedge, is likely to have been either a wheelpit, or perhaps more likely a couple of narrow buildings or sheds. There is a shorter building on the same alignment shown on the 1884 Ordnance Survey map, towards the west end of the later feature. The necessity of having another power source beside the flat rods and steam engine is questionable, and no leat to supply water is shown on any map, therefore it seems likely these were buildings. Storage buildings were always necessary, and these may have been used for coal for the steam boiler. All of these features had gone by 1904, and there is no evidence for their existence at ground level. Other details: Figures 7-8, 17.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345554Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2010. Stephens Shaft, Morwell, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2010R033. A4 Stapled + Digital. 35-36. [Mapped feature: #105497 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV22886Part of: Wheal Russell Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV62831Related to: Winding Engine House and Boiler House at Stevens Shaft, Gulworthy (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4940 - Archaeological Assessment of Stephens Shaft, Morwell, Devon

Date Last Edited:Oct 29 2010 8:43AM