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Engine House at SW628298, Ivey's Shaft, Wheal Metal

A Grade II Listed Building in Breage, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1216 / 50°7'17"N

Longitude: -5.3186 / 5°19'6"W

OS Eastings: 162879

OS Northings: 29885

OS Grid: SW628298

Mapcode National: GBR FX7C.BL6

Mapcode Global: VH132.R6MM

Plus Code: 9C2P4MCJ+JH

Entry Name: Engine House at SW628298, Ivey's Shaft, Wheal Metal

Listing Date: 26 August 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1158231

English Heritage Legacy ID: 65729

ID on this website: 101158231

Location: Cornwall, TR13

County: Cornwall

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

Tagged with: Chimney

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7/30 Engine house at SW628298, Ivey's
Shaft, Wheal Metal


Disused beam engine house. Circa 1859. Granite rubble walls with dressed granite
quoins jambstones and lintels with much dressed granite, in places almost ashlar,
especially to the gable end wall and the bob wall. Round brick arches to the 2
principal openings, some timber lintels. The 2 stage chimney has a rubble lower
stage and a brick upper stage.
Rectangular single cell plan with round chimney clasping the west corner, thicker bob
wall at north-east side.
Three storeys over basement but floors and cylinder removed. North-east bob wall has
central large round-headed brick arch to ground floor, blind above and former
weather-boarded upper floor and gable removed. The opposite south west gable end
wall has similar ground floor opening and a smaller square headed opening to both the
1st and second floors. Similar square headed openings to each side wall, the second
floor unpierced. The rubble chimney tapers to a brick collar at ridge level
surmounted by a tall tapered brick shaft with a cornice resembling a Doric capital.
The masonry of this engine house is remarkably complete but fallen timber lintels are
causing some deterioration.
An unusually large engine house. In 1859 the building was fitted with an 1846 Harvey
85" engine, moved from Wheal Vor Trelawney's Shaft, and it is said that the engine
house was also moved stone by stone. It has been suggested that this event was the
origin of the name 'Pulldown'. Work came to an end in the early 1870s and in 1877
the 85-inch engine was removed from the house and despatched to Gateshead Waterworks
where it survived until the 1940s.
Source: Kenneth Brown, council member of the Trevithick Society.

Listing NGR: SW6130028400

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