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HER Number:MDV19555
Name:Infilled mine shaft on Merripit Hill


On the summit of Merripit Hill is a preminent mound representing an infilled mine shaft enclosed by debris.


Grid Reference:SX 657 804
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/175

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE SHAFT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

RCHME, CITING PDAS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277057.

Sx65758044 "cairn" with hollow at centre believed to be industrial spoil heap. Diam 13m, height 0.9m (rchme, citing pdas).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277059.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277060.

Des=dnp survey drawing 1:10560/(-/10/1982)/in parish file.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV277061.

Aph=raf cpe uk 1995/4362(13/4/1947).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277062.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277063.

Des=probert, s. A. J. /(9/2/1989)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277064.


National Monuments Record, 2010, Untitled Source (National Monuments Record Database). SDV214864.

Two shafts are visible and recorded (rchm app 1985). Vis=20/10/1982 (greeves) possible post-medieval mine shaft close to highest point of merripit hill, within little stannon newtake (worksheet). Vis=9/2/1989 (rchme) at sx65748042, on the summit of merripit hill, is a preminent mound representing an infilled mine shaft enclosed by debris. The shaft area is now level and about 4.5m in diam. Apart from a gap in the sw it is encircled by a bank of upcast 4.5m to 5.2m wide and up to 1.5m high. The whole is grass covered. Vis=about 30m. To the e, at sx65778042, the outline of a circular feature is just traceable in heather. Approx 11m. In diam it is primarily visible on the e half as a bank 1.2m. Wide and barely 0.2m. High. Its proximity to the shaft suggests a contemporary and associated work of uncertain purpose though the possibility of a prehistoric ringwork cannot be entirely discounted (probert).

Sources / Further Reading

  • National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
  • Migrated Record: RCHME, CITING PDAS.
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Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 2 2017 3:15PM