SX4469 : Waterwheel at Morwellham Quay

near to Morwellham Quay, Devon, Great Britain

Waterwheel at Morwellham Quay
Waterwheel at Morwellham Quay
This 32ft diameter overshot wheel (or one very like it) powered an edge-running manganese crushing mill. The water to power this wheel comes from a pond high on the hill above through a fairly small bore pipe. When I took this photo the wheel had stopped, you can just make out water spilling from near the top. A passing guide explained that when the tide comes in it tends to push into the pond under the wheel and provide too much resistance for the wheel to turn. He gave it a small nudge and re-started it.
Waterpower was much used at Morwellham, it was brought by the Tavistock canal and powered the inclined plane which raised and lowered the trucks to the quay; pumped water to the workers cottages; the farm had a water-powered threshing machine and another large wheel worked a small incline to the copper mine.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 27 June, 2006   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 5 July, 2006
Industrial heritage > Industrial heritage   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 446 697 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:30.3852N 4:11.5716W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 446 697
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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