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Latitude: 50.6903 / 50°41'24"N
Longitude: -4.3542 / 4°21'15"W
OS Eastings: 233807
OS Northings: 90489
OS Grid: SX338904
Mapcode National: GBR NL.5WZ3
Mapcode Global: FRA 17R8.5GB
Entry Name: Incline Plane, Bridge and Wheel Pit to East of Plane Cottage
Listing Date: 11 January 1989
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1142845
English Heritage Legacy ID: 68164
Location: Werrington, Cornwall, PL15
Civil Parish: Werrington
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall
Church of England Parish: Werrington
Church of England Diocese: Truro
SX 39 SW
5/275 Incline plane, bridge and wheel
- pit to east of Plane Cottage
Incline plane, incorporating bridge over road and wheelpit. Circa 18209. Incline
plane of stone rubble, the surface of which is now partly grassed with stone rubble
bridge over road below and wheelpit constructed of stone rubble at the upper end.
The plane was built instead of a lock for the Bude Canal (opened 1823). The tub
boats which were used on the canal were fitted with iron wheels. When they arrived
at the incline plane they were floated out of the water and put onto one of the two
sets of rails which enabled the boats to ascend and descend the plane at the same
time. The narrow stepped path alongside the plane was use by the horses and
The integral bridge on the lower end carries the incline plane over the road which
runs roughly parallel to the canal for much of its course through Werrington parish.
The bridge has a dressed stone segmental arch and stone rubble parapets.
The plane was worked by a continuous chain over a winding drum, the boats being
hooked to the big chain by a smaller 10 link chain. The water wheel which stood in
the water pit at the top of the plane provided the necessary power. The wheel has
been removed, but the entrance to the pit remains unaltered.
Rendell. J. The Story of the Bude Canal, 1987.
Listing NGR: SX3380790489
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