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View of waterwheel pit, Bay Mine, Wanlockhead, Dumfriesshire. Copy of 35 mm colour transparency.

SC 866989

Description View of waterwheel pit, Bay Mine, Wanlockhead, Dumfriesshire. Copy of 35 mm colour transparency.

Date 17/6/1972

Collection John R Hume

Catalogue Number SC 866989

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content Waterwheel pit, Bay Lead Mine, Wanlockhead, Dumfries-shire The lead mines at Wanlockhead and Leadhills were the richest in Scotland, and were worked over many centuries. This wheel pit was probably built in the early-mid 19th century for a wheel designed either to drain underground workings, or to drive an ore crusher. This view shows the pit from above, showing the arch over the tailrace at the far end of the structure. The metal rods are the holding-down bolts for the masonry forming the sides of the pit, giving an idea of its original dimensions. In the distance is the wasteheap of the New Glencrieff Mine, the last to operate. Eighteenth century paintings of Wanlockhead show waterwheels used for pumping, and it is most likely that this wheel was used for that purpose. It is one of two such pits surviving in Scotland, the other being at the Pibble Mine, near Creetown, Kirkcudbrightshire. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

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