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MSO12500 - Post-medieval waterwheel at Wheal Eliza

ENPHER Number:MSO12500
Name:Post-medieval waterwheel at Wheal Eliza
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:SS 7847 3806

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The remains of the 19th Century water wheel at Wheal Eliza (MSO6802).

Monument Types

  • WATER WHEEL (AD 19th Century - 1847 AD to 1857 AD (Unclassified))

Designated Status: none recorded


The remains of the 19th Century water wheel at Wheal Eliza Mine (MSO6802). The area of the wheel pit consists of an irregular hollow on the south side of the river with 2 eyed, 3 centimetre diameter rods protruding from the surface. Against the hillside to the south is a mortared stone wall with a north-south slot 60 centimetres wide running south to the rockface. The level of the top leat (MSO12501) is about 5 metres above the present surface of the wheel pit area. The arrangement where the leat presumably debouched into a chute and onto the wheel is obscured by collapses of the slope at the east end of the leat. [1, 2]

The wheel had been constructed by end 1846. [3]

<1> Burrow, 19.7.1979, site visit records (Unassigned). SSO819.

<2> Burrow, I., Minnitt, S. + Murless, B., 1980, Somerset Archaeology 1979, 136 (Measured Plan) (Article in serial). SSO858.

<3> Orwin, C.S. + Sellick, R.J., 1970, The Reclamation of Exmoor Forest, 172-78 (Monograph). SSO1774.

<4> SCC HBC 3.14.2 (Survey). SSO406.

Related records

MSO6802Part of: Wheal Eliza Mine (Monument)
MSO12501Related to: Post-medieval leat at Wheal Eliza (Monument)
MSO12502Related to: Post-medieval leat at Wheal Eliza (Monument)
MSO12503Related to: Post-medieval main shaft at Wheal Eliza (Monument)
MSO12509Related to: Post-medieval tailrace at Wheal Eliza (Monument)

Other References

  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35702
Date Last Edited:Oct 23 2013 4:22PM


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