Principal Archaeological Landscape: Wheal Eliza
Exmoor National Park Authority
01 January 2011
Date last amended
Wheal Eliza is situated 1.5 kilometres south east of Simonsbath in the Barle Valley, on the Two Moors Way.
Description of Archaeology
The PAL contains the remains of a copper (and iron) mine dating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The complex comprises the ruins of buildings associated with the mine, shafts and spoil heaps, a wheel pit, leat and tail race/tailings pond.
Wheal Eliza is an important part of the mining history of the former Royal Forest of Exmoor. The complex is generally well preserved and complete. It is also associated with traumatic episodes in Exmoor’s social history, being the site where the body of Anna Maria Burgess was concealed in 1858.