On Dartmoor there are a number of wheel-pits like the one
you have described. My understanding of the 'oval' shaped wheel-pit is that
the wheels were not all the same size, as the axle area being wider than the
outer part of the wheel due to the axle holding other working machinery. For
example there would have been other plates holding flat-rods, and mechanisms
for driving the stamps and other requisite machinery, that's why the wheels
were wider in the middle than the outer section. That is my understanding.
I hope I have explained it well enough, as I find it hard to put it into
All the best Trevor, maybe see you this coming weekend. Kindest regards
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From: "Trevor Dunkerley" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: Odd shaped water wheel.
We have recently been looking at a water wheel pit where the axle point is
much wider than the circumference point - in other words, looking at the
wheel end on it would have been oval in shape with the top and bottom cut
Has anyone seen anything like this and can suggest a reason for it?
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