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HER Number:MDV15029
Name:Smithy on Whitchurch Common

Summary

Ruined smithy adjacent to the Grimstone and Sortridge Leat. Erected in 1860s to serve the needs of stonecutters and their horses working the granite on the sett. Wheelwrights stone lies nearby.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 536 747
Map Sheet:SX57SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWhitchurch
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SW/52

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BLACKSMITHS WORKSHOP (XIX to XX - 1860 AD to 1964 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880 - 1899, First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Building is depicted on the late 19th century map.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Building is depicted on the early 20th century map. Map object based on this source.


Harris, H., 1981, 19th Century granite working on Pew Tor and Staple Tor, Western Dartmoor, 42-43 plate (Article in Serial). SDV236242.

Ruined smithy on the sett which includes Pew Tor and Staples Tor. Erected in 1860s to serve the needs of stonecutters and their horses working the granite on the sett. A large circular stone beside the ruins was used for making cartwheel bands.


Newman, P., 1994, Fieldwork and survey at Beckamoor Combe 1994, 9-10 (Article in Serial). SDV236243.

Blacksmith's shop and circular wheelwright's stone built in the 19th century to serve the quarry industry; demolished in 1964.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Remains of the building and the associated stone are visible on the modern aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Harris, H.. 1981. 19th Century granite working on Pew Tor and Staple Tor, Western Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 113. Unknown. 42-43 plate.
  • Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1994. Fieldwork and survey at Beckamoor Combe 1994. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 7. Unknown. 9-10.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880 - 1899. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV25907Related to: Grimstone and Sortridge Leat (Monument)
MDV61745Related to: Longhouse below leat on Whitchurch Common (Building)
MDV103144Related to: Wheelwright's stone on Whitchurch Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 10 2016 9:54AM