MDE21424 - Old Engine Shaft at Bampfylde Mine (Monument)


The shaft was positioned halfway up the hill and may have housed the western water engine mentioned by Kahlmeter in 1725.

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Old Engine Shaft. Part of Bampfylde Mine western section. Shown on section drawing of 1772. It made a direct link between the Thirty Fathom Adit (entirely below ground) and the surface, and its mouth was positioned halfway up the valley side near the entrance to the Top Adit (MDE21425). Probably the site of the western water engine referred to by Kahlmeter in 1725. [1-3] The HER GIS mapping for this record had been placed at SS 739 326. This was misleadingly situated on the eastern side of the river, whereas the map mentioned above clearly illustrates the entrance to the adit positioned on the western side of the Mole, positioned up the slope above a slightly level area above the river. The mapping for this record has therefore been moved, although the exact location of the shaft is still not clear. [1,4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1>XY Monograph: Dixon, D.. 1983. Mining and the Community in the Parishes of North Molton, South Molton, Molland and Twitchen, Devonshire. 109, 113, 114. [Mapped feature: #33785 109]
  • <2> Collection: Unknown. Unknown. Translation of J. Kahlmeter's relation of the English mines in 1725. Rhys Jenkins Papers. Record Office Collection.
  • <3> Article in serial: Claughton, P. F.. 1992. The North Molton Copper mine; riches in the west. North Devon Heritage Journal. 4. 6. 6.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 16 April 2019.



Grid reference SS 7374 3277 (point)
Map sheet SS73SW

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  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 46864
  • Devon SMR: SS73SW/3/25

Record last edited

Apr 16 2019 4:36PM


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