SW7215 : Water-wheel pit (remains)

taken 7 years ago, near to Ruan Minor, Cornwall, Great Britain

Water-wheel pit (remains)
Water-wheel pit (remains)
In the early days of the serpentine rock processing works on this site the power for the machinery came from a water-wheel. The water came from the nearby stream containing rain water which came as run-off from the high lands of Goonhilly Downs. The water was fed from the stream along in a leat and then finally delivered to the overshot water-wheel by means of an overhead wooden channel known as a launder.

The iron framed wheel was 25 feet in diameter. It had wooden buckets and was made locally in Helston. The wheel was located on a substantial wooden framework over a deep pit. The pit in which it ran is now the only element of the water-wheel which remains and that is overgrown with vegetation including trees as shown in this photograph.

The used water was then channelled to return to the Poltesco valley stream which flowed out to sea. The stream is to the right of photograph. SW7215 : Poltesco Valley stream reaches the beach
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Saturday, 21 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 28 May, 2011
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 727 156 [100m precision]
WGS84: 49:59.8613N 5:10.3457W
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