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HER Number:MDV80911
Name:Tramway, Hemerdon China Clay Works


Remains of a tramway, with 50 metres of track still in situ, recorded prior to quarry extension.


Grid Reference:SX 576 599
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRAMWAY (XX - 1901 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Map object based on this Source.

Dyer, M. J., 2011, Archaeological Recording of an Extension to Headon West Quarry, 11, 18-19, 36 (Report - Survey). SDV348045.

The remains of a tramway were found in the south-east of the area, extending for 85 metres, with 50 metres of track remaining in situ consisting of wrought-iron rails set on wooden sleepers. The guage of the rail was 22 inches (0.56 metres). The rail was of 'bridge rail' type with an inverted 'U' profile. The 'foot' of the rail was 0.08 metres wide and the 'head' was 0.03 metres wide.the one sleeper exposed was 1.05 metres long and circa 0.15 metres wide. The tramway was laid along a narrow cutting, 1.5 - 2.5 metres wide that sloped gradually upwards to the south. The south end had been truncated by an access ramp into Stokers pit and by recent quarrying. The slope of the tramway shows that it was bringing waste from the south (as full wagons were always pushed downhill and empty ones uphill), suggesting that it was bringing waste there for transferral. Other details: Figures 12-13; photos 4, 8-9. Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV348045Report - Survey: Dyer, M. J.. 2011. Archaeological Recording of an Extension to Headon West Quarry. Exeter Archaeology Report. 11.33. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11, 18-19, 36.

Associated Monuments

MDV12695Part of: Hemerdon and Broomage China Clay Works (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5481 - Archaeological Recording at Headon West Quarry

Date Last Edited:Nov 17 2011 11:21AM