Wheal Martyn

Saint Austell, Cornwall, UK
Posted on 15th July 2015 / 1110 Listing verified as genuine
Site Type : Organisation
Industry Type : China Clay, Mining - Slate, Limestone and Granites
Power Type : Steam, Water
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Ruins and Remnants, Restored

The Wheal Martyn Museum in the heart of Clay Country has the biggest working waterwheel in Cornwall!

It is also the only China Clay Museum in the whole of the UK!

Wheal Martyn is referred to as the Clay Country Museum on the brown tourist signs and is the perfect day out for the industrial history loving family!

There is a superb, light and airy café and great gift shop, but enough of that, let’s talk about the assets!

The site has:

The biggest water wheel in Cornwall – a 35ft wheel made at the Charlestown Foundry.

Unusual flat-rod system and its tunnel – driven by the waterwheel.

The 1878 Gomm Engine house – which used to house a Cornish beam engine.

A 1902 slurry pump and 18ft waterwheel.

Sand and mica drags and settling pits.

Pan kilns and drying rooms.

A transport yard and associated tramways.

An open, modern Working Pit with viewing platform!


There is an enormous amount to see and do at Wheal Martyn (which is also an ERIH Anchor point) and with the weather on your side you can explore the grounds and peer into the massive clay pit. Should the weather be unkind, then there is a superb indoor exhibition and café as well as a top-notch gift shop!

Check out their website HERE!


Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8XG



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