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Latitude: 50.1181 / 50°7'5"N
Longitude: -5.3269 / 5°19'37"W
OS Eastings: 162264
OS Northings: 29524
OS Grid: SW622295
Mapcode National: GBR FX7C.LR2
Mapcode Global: VH132.M969
Entry Name: Engine House at Sw623295, West Wheal Metal and Flow or Gold Hill Tin Mine
Listing Date: 26 August 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1158216
English Heritage Legacy ID: 65727
Location: Breage, Cornwall, TR13
Civil Parish: Breage
Traditional County: Cornwall
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Breage with Godolphin and Ashton
Church of England Diocese: Truro
SW 62 NW BREAGE
7/28 Engine house at SW623295, West
Wheal Metal and Flow or Gold Hill
Disused beam engine house. 1881. Killas and granite rubble walls with dressed
granite quoins and jambstones, granite ashlar bob wall, round brick arches and timber
Rectangular single cell plan, thicker bob wall at west side. Three storeys over
basement, floors and machinery removed.
West bob wall has large central ground floor round-arched opening, blind over, and
former weathrboarded 2nd floor and gable removed. The opposite east wall has similar
ground floor opening. Gable over fallen. The side walls have ground floor openings
with granite lintels over and 1st and second floor openings spanned by wooden
This engine house contained a rotative beam engine of about 30 inch cylinder
diameter. It drove a set of stamps and also drew water for dressing purposes from
the adit level via a shaft at the rear by means of a 'back-bob'. The machinery was
used for some years to treat the huge waste dumps of Wheal Vor and Wheal Metal but
underground operation was minimal. The engine house is of technical interest in that
it. is one of only two in Cornwall which show clearly where the back bob was mounted.
There is a fine detached chimney at a short distance to the south east (see Detached
Chimney at SW623295 NW, West Wheal Metal, qv) and traces of a former underground flue
leading to this survive.
Sources: Kenneth Brown, council member of the Trevithick Society.
Listing NGR: SW6226429524
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