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HER Number:MDV102719
Name:Granite trough in Bledge Brook, Cornwood


A half-exposed circular very shallow granite trough set horizontally in the stream bed of Bledge Brook, Cornwood, partly covered with vegetation.


Grid Reference:SX 626 650
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TROUGH (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD)

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 2006, Granite trough in Bledge Brook, Cornwood, Visited 07/05/2006 (Worksheet). SDV350062.

A half-exposed circular (?) shallow granite trough was noted set horizontally in the stream bed of Bledge Brook, Cornwood, partly covered with vegetation. The stone appears to be about 0.98 meters in diameter including an outer rim 0.15-0.17 meters wide. The stone appears to have a rounded base and to be around 0.30 meters thick, (perhaps thicker).
The inside diameter of the trough is 0.68 meters and its depth is no more than 0.04 meters maximum. The surface is very uneven, suggesting it is an unfinished artefact but it seems strange to find such a heavy object in such a remote location. The artefact is quite horizontal, perhaps indicating it lies in situ where is was worked.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A level topped weathered granite boulder recorded as an incomplete trough although it may just be that weathering has caused a hollow which is partly buried beneath moss.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV350062Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 2006. Granite trough in Bledge Brook, Cornwood. Worksheet. A4 Single Sheet. Visited 07/05/2006.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV102718Related to: Probable tinners' building, Bledge Brook (Building)
MDV102720Related to: Tinners' building, Bledge Brook (Building)
MDV27917Related to: Tinner's streamwork along Bledge Brook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Sep 20 2019 2:37PM