Towanroath Shaft, Engine House at Wheal Coates, Chapel Porth

Record ID:  90060 / MNA104212
Record type:  Building
Protected Status: Listed Building: Grade II
NT Property:  St Agnes; South West
Civil Parish:  St. Agnes; Cornwall
Grid Reference:  SW 698 500
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This pumping engine house is situated at Wheal Coates.

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Monument Types

  • ENGINE HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)


The pumping engine house was built in 1872 to keep this working free of water. Higher up the cliffs there are other engine houses for winding and the operation of the stamps.
All the buildings were constructed for a specific purpose (see Section 8, Plans one, two and three in Appendix) related to Wheal Coates and represent the continual development of this mining operation. Large amounts of mining spoil have been deposited over the area, partially, or possibly completely, burying many earlier features (Bemaish, H. 1984).


  • SZC10792 - Monograph: Anon. 1873. Kelly's Directory of Cornwall.

  • SZC5295 - Monograph: H G Ordish. 1967. Cornish Engine Houses. FIRST.

  • SZC690 - Monograph: H G Dines and J Phemister. 1956. The Metalliferous Mining Region of South West England Vol. l. (1988).

  • SZC8188 - Serial: Anon. 1838. Annual Reports of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society Falmouth no 105.

  • SZC9478 - Unpublished document: National Trust. The National Trust Archaeological Survey: Chapel Porth.


Other Statuses and References

  • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Heritage Coast
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest (Geological)
  • World Heritage Site: 17

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