SW5929 : Wheal Grey - engine house

taken 3 years ago, near to Ashton, Cornwall, Great Britain

Wheal Grey - engine house
Wheal Grey - engine house
Although one thinks of metalliferous mines being associated with Cornish beam pumping engines, they were used for a wide variety of drainage operations. This particular site was where china clay was first exploited in Cornwall and is well west of the traditional St Austell area associated with this mineral. The flooded clay pit remains nearby and the flooded engine shaft is still open. The engine was built as a rotative stamps engine by Charlestown Foundry for Polgooth Mine and was then used at two further sites before being installed here as a pumping engine in 1897-98. It had a 36" cylinder. It was scrapped in 1935. The house with adjoining boiler house and chimney has survived well. This is the rear view from the public road and the shaft is at the opposite end.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 9 June, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 13 June, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Quarrying, Mining 
County (from Tags)
Cornwall 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 5948 2906 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:6.7676N 5:21.9323W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 5949 2900
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Cornish Engine House  Disused China Clay Pit 

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