SW9455 : Goonvean China Clayworks - Cornish beam engine

taken 37 years ago, near to Stepaside, Cornwall, Great Britain

Goonvean China Clayworks - Cornish beam engine
Goonvean China Clayworks - Cornish beam engine
50" Cornish beam engine of 1863 by Harvey & Co of Hayle. Installed 4th hand in 1910. Dismantled by Century millwrights in September 2008 and placed in store. It is hoped that it may be re-erected in a proposed project in Hayle.

This is outside the front of the engine house over the shaft leading to the bottom of the claypit. On the right is the large timber main pump rod. To its left is a disconnected auxiliary pump. Then further left is the rotten wooden cistern holding the condenser (hidden) and the air pump that is worked off the beam. Above and behind the airpump is the boiler feed pump and then above and behind that is the 'plug door' into the lower chamber of the engine house.

Some years later the condenser cistern and its contents slipped down the shaft. Following removal of the engine, part of the house went the same way (the people who removed this engine were dicing with death) and the remainder was demolished immediately after.

This is an overall view of the front of the house - SW9455 : Goonvean China Clay works SW9455 : Cornish engine, Goonvean
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Date Taken
Monday, 17 May, 1982   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 21 June, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Quarrying, Mining 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 949 553 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:21.7069N 4:53.1021W
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