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HER Number:MDV38534
Name:MINE in the Parish of Uffculme

Summary

Vis=10/7/1990 (griffith) the northern edge of blackborough common is occupied by an extensive series of mine workings in the hillside. These are remains of openworks and true mines relating to the whetstone mining industry here, which only finished in the 1920s (mr northam, bodmiscombe farm, pers comm). The ruinous state of garnsey's tower (st10nw/27) is locally attributed to subsidence of mine workings beneath it. The hillside shows traces of pits, adits, spoilheaps. Full extent of workings not explored in quick visit. Continues onto map st10nw.(griffith).

Location

Grid Reference:ST 098 094
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishUffculme
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBLACKBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST00NE/48

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

1906, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV39896.

"old workings" marked on os 6" (1906) map.


APH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV39897.

Whetstone workings around n and w sides of blackborough common and in tower plot (see subsheet) visible on raf 1947 ap's. Rough extent plotted on smr overlay (aph).


Stanes, R. G. F., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV39898.

The mine workings were nearly continuous along the western escarpment of the blackdowns. In 1825 the escarpment was easily distinguishably the white line produced by heaps of refuse thrown down from the workings. Tunnels were dug into the hill up to 400 yards long. The white stripe is no longer visible but the sites of the workings can still be found and miners' tracks survive as public footpaths and bridleways (stanes).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV39899.

Des=griffith, f. M. /as above(20/7/1990).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV39900.

Des=os 6"(1906)47sw.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV39901.

Aph=raf/cpe/uk/1974/2293-4/(11/4/1947).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV39902.

Stanes, r. /tda/125(1993)71-112/devonshire batts.


Griffith, F. M., Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV677.

Vis=10/7/1990 (griffith) the northern edge of blackborough common is occupied by an extensive series of mine workings in the hillside. These are remains of openworks and true mines relating to the whetstone mining industry here, which only finished in the 1920s (mr northam, bodmiscombe farm, pers comm). The ruinous state of garnsey's tower (st10nw/27) is locally attributed to subsidence of mine workings beneath it. The hillside shows traces of pits, adits, spoilheaps. Full extent of workings not explored in quick visit. Continues onto map st10nw.(griffith).

Sources / Further Reading

  • Migrated Record: 1906.
  • Migrated Record: APH.
  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record: Stanes, R. G. F..
  • Aerial Photograph:
  • Report - Survey: Griffith, F. M..
  • Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV110227Part of: Whetstone Mines Around North Hill, Black Down, Blackborough Common, Tower Plot and Newcombe Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM