Photograph © Martin Bodman, under this
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Morwellham Quay Waterwheels, Working Village, Mine & Craft Centre.
Grid reference: SX 446 697
OS sheet: 201
Postcode: PL19 8JL
About one mile SE of Gunnislake, off A390. Follow brown signs.
Wheel 1: overshot, cast in Tavistock in the late 19th century. Pumped drinking water
to workers cottages. Can be operated.
Wheel 2: 32-ft diameter, cast in Newton Abbot in 1908 and used in a Dartmoor china
clay works. Can be operated.
Wheel 3: in the Victorian farm buildings, once powered a threshing machine. Now working,
supplied by a hydraulic ram pump.
Wheel 4: 18-ft diameter and 100-ft underground, fed from the surface, and working a
pump at a lower level through flat rods and a balance bob.
This once-thriving copper port by the River Tamar is now operated by the Morwellham & Tamar Valley Trust.
Opening times 2017
March to October, daily, 10.00-17.00. (to 18.00 June
to August). November to February, daily, 10.00-16.00. (Closed over Christmas).
web site for more details including admission.
National Mills Weekend opening times 2017
Saturday & Sunday, 10.00-17.00.
Information service, tel. 01822 833808. Party bookings, tel. 01822 832766, Anthony Power.