SX4469 : Manganese mill at Morwellham

taken 6 years ago, near to Morwellham Quay, Devon, Great Britain

Manganese mill at Morwellham
Manganese mill at Morwellham
Manganese was mined at Tavistock from around 1815. Much of the output was sent by horse and cart to Morwellham where it was milled and despatched by river to various industrial users elsewhere in Britain: glass manufacturers for colourising; cotton mills for bleach-making; and steelmakers for hardening iron. In 1819, 1335 tons of powdered ore was despatched downriver to Plymouth.

The original waterwheel was removed for re-use at Devon Great Consols arsenic refinery in the 1920s. In 1973 an abandoned 32 ft wheel was salvaged from china clay workings at Headon Down and installed in the original wheelpit.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 4 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Quarrying, Mining  Industry  Water resources 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4451 6959 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:30.3245N 4:11.6450W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4450 6957
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