CPAT Regional Sites & Monuments Record

PRN 72069 - Welshpool, cornmill wheel pit

NGR :- SJ22600731 (SJ20NW)
Unitary authority :- Powys
Community :- Welshpool
Prefered site type :- 19th century ? - Wheel pit (Building - Damaged )

Wheel pit constructed as part of the canal by-pass overflow channel from weir. It provided water power for the cornmill (PRN 20315). Warer emits from a culvert at the base of a blue brick wall, which is of similar build to the blue brick wall, which includes the cast iron support for the waterwheel axle, located between the lock and the by-pass channel. May all be part of reconstruction work by George Buck, Engineer c.1832 (Frost, P, 1998).

The remains of a wheelpit. It is located in Welshpool, north of the lock on the tail end of the bypass. There is a blue brick wall between the lock and bypass with a stone set in about 1ft above the lock platform. On this stone sits a cast-iron box encasing the plumber-block that formerly supported the axle of the waterwheel. The bypass at present enters the wheel-pit through a culvert at the base of a small blue-brick wheel. This is obviously either a modern rebuilding or the original surplus-water channel. The feed to the wheel must have been at the upper ground level. The wheel-pit walls appear to be of the late 19th century and consist of large rusticated blocks of stone (NMR 1981).

Sources:-
Frost, P , 1998 , Berriew Road, Welshpool, desk top assessment and survey , CAP report 66 .
Jones, N W, Silvester, R J & Britnell, W J , 2003 , Montgomery Canal Conservation Management Strategy. Landscape Archaeology Assessment , CPAT Report 550 .
NMR , 1981 , ,

Events:-
Assessment CAP / 1998(/ /) -
Assessment CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -
Desktop study CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -
HLC CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -

record created 08/10/99 JM99 - copyright CPAT , last updated 10/05/04
The above data are supplied by CPAT in partnership with its Local Authorities and the partners of END, CPAT SMR partnership, 2004 (and in part Crown, 2004 - as indicated)



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Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, Curatorial Section, 7a Church Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7DL.
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