SX5364 : Meavy: inclined plane

taken 10 years ago, near to Shaugh Prior, Devon, Great Britain

Meavy: inclined plane
Meavy: inclined plane
The rails have long gone but the granite sleepers remain. This incline was self-acting: worked by gravity. A truck loaded with granite from the small quarries near the incline’s head would descend the incline connected by a rope or hawser to a drum at the winding house at the summit, pulling up an empty truck as it did so. The incline was probably active in the 1830s and the quarries had closed by about 1870. Dartmoor granite was popular in the 19th century: in 1825 that from Haytor was shipped to the Thames and used to face Rennie’s London Bridge, now in Arizona. [Sources include: Michael Owens, Industries beneath Dewer. Part Two. Dartmoor Magazine, Autumn 1994, 36, 24-26 and Helen Harris, The Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, Peninsula Press, 1992]
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 8 January, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 9 January, 2008
Category
Inclined plane   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 536 642 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:27.5599N 4:3.7649W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 536 641
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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