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Dog wheel turnspit, 18th century, Coed Cernyw, Monmouthshire

Dog wheel turnspit, 18th century, Coed Cernyw, Monmouthshire
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This item comes from: Abergavenny Museum (Item reference: A.194-0).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


This late 18th century turnspit would originally have been powered by a small dog running within it. The energy the dog generated was then used to power a mechanism that turned the meat cooking on a spit.

Abergavenny Museum houses the last known example of a turnspit dog, a breed bred for this purpose.

Gathering the Jewels ref: GTJ01749

Abergavenny Museum

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