MDE21441 - Post-medieval water wheel at Britannia Mine (Monument)
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Remains of a wheelpit that housed a 50 foot waterwheel that was five feet wide. It was installed in 1853, replacing a wheel of 25 foot waterwheel situated to the northwest. In 1976 the pit was the most substantial relic of the mine. The walling was reduced to ground level, but the partially filled pit survived to a depth of around four feet. At the exterior of the southern end of the pit was an arch around three feet high, from which issued a stream which continued along a drainage leat (MDE21440). In 1982 the arch and leat was the only visible evidence of the feature, which was now obscured by a forestry road.  The wheel pit is depicted on the 25 inch 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps. [2,3]
- <1> SEM7082 Monograph: Dixon, D.. 1983. Mining and the Community in the Parishes of North Molton, South Molton, Molland and Twitchen, Devonshire. 256, 261-2.
- <2>XY SEM6703 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889. [Mapped feature: #45999 ]
- <3> SEM7190 Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
|Grid reference||Centred SS 7456 3355 (13m by 22m)|
|Civil Parish||NORTH MOLTON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON|
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- Devon SMR Monument ID: 46896
- Devon SMR: SS73SW/43/11
Record last edited
Apr 16 2019 1:36PM
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