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HER Number:MDV8561
Name:Newcomen Engine in Dartmouth


Newcomen Engine originally used at Griff Colliery in Nuneaton and now in Royal Avenue Gardens in Dartmouth


Grid Reference:SX 878 514
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOWNSTAL

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/33
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX85SE45

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BEAM ENGINE (Built, XVIII - 1701 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX85SE45 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341084.

Minchinton, W. E., 1973, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 8 (Monograph). SDV7016.

An original Newcomen Engine is now housed in Coronation Park, Dartmouth. Originally used at Griff Colliery at Nuneaton in Warwickshire, it was re-erected in 1963 by the Newcomen Society to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Newcomen's birth.

Bracegirdle, B., 1974, Untitled Source, 111 (Monograph). SDV341083.

Hawkesbury engine re-erected in Royal Avenue Gardens at Dartmouth and opened in 1964. The engine probably dates to the mid 1720s and was originally installed at Griff Colliery in Warwickshire. It later moved to Measham and in 1821 was installed on the bank of the Coventry Canal at Hawkesbury Junction where it was used to raise water from a sump into the canal itself.

Devon County Council, 1975, Dartmouth - Walk about in the Conservation Area & Exploring Dartmouth and Kingswear, 35, 37 (Article in Monograph). SDV352452.

Freeman, 1988, Ravensbury, on Site of Paradise Fort (Worksheet). SDV341082.

Above National Grid Reference provided. The engine is not in Coronation Park as stated by Minchinton.

Stephenson, G., 2001, Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth (Report - Assessment). SDV319967.

Devon Museums Group, 2013, Devon Museums (Website). SDV350964.

The Newcomen Engine House, beside the Tourist Information Centre in Dartmouth, houses an original early Newcomen engine dating from about 1725.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Tourist Information Centre at north-west corner of Royal Avenue Gardens, marked 'Mus'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV319967Report - Assessment: Stephenson, G.. 2001. Archaeological Desk Top Study: Flavel Centre, Dartmouth. Exeter Archaeology Report. Project 4995. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV341082Worksheet: Freeman. 1988. Ravensbury, on Site of Paradise Fort. Devon County Sites and Monuments Register. Worksheet.
SDV341083Monograph: Bracegirdle, B.. 1974. Archaeology of the Industrial Revolution. Unknown. 111.
SDV341084Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX85SE45. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108663 ]
SDV350964Website: Devon Museums Group. 2013. Devon Museums. http://www.devonmuseums.net. Website.
SDV352452Article in Monograph: Devon County Council. 1975. Dartmouth - Walk about in the Conservation Area & Exploring Dartmouth and Kingswear. Devon Town Trails: European Architectural Heritage Year. Paperback Volume. 35, 37.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1973. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 8.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 21 2014 12:16PM