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HER Number:MDV103953
Name:Tinner's Hut on east side of River Erme at southern end of Erme Plains, Harford


Remains of a rectangular granite tinner's hut to the east of the streamworks along the River Erme


Grid Reference:SX 637 647
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Constructed, Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD? (Between))

Full description

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

Small rectangular building shown on 19th century map.

Oates, M., 20/05/2013, Ruined Granite Structure (Worksheet). SDV351284.

Ruined rectangular building at the southern end of the Erme Plains about 100 metres from the east bank of the Erme. Possibly the remains of a tinner's hut. The structure which cuts into the lower slope of the hillside is constructed of large granite moorstone blocks. Although much of the stone work has collapsed and is covered in moss the structure is surprisingly intact and measures 5.7 metres long by 2.3 metres wide internally. The doorway in the south wall is well-defined with a short curved passageway cut into the hillside. An upright earth-fast slab partitions off the east end of the building and there is also an impressive triangular stone in the north wall. It is similar to buildings at North Teign (SX64088479) and Taw Marsh (SX61869010).

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 ruined rectangular building – a probable tinners’ hut or lodge - built into the base of the slope, 80 metres east of the River Erme on Erme Plains. The building was constructed from granite, some of which has tumbled, but the outline walls are clear and standing to 0.5 metres in places. The internal measurements are 5.5 metres by 1.9 metres. An entrance opening is visible on the southern long wall. A post-medieval date is most likely for this structure.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UE-20 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(13/03/2019) Recorded by volunteer condition assessor. Condition assessed as good. Tucked into the bank formed by tin streaming as it cut into the landscape this monument appears to have suffered little change in the last ten years. Vegetation encroachment appears to have remained stable with a mixture of bracken, soft rush and moss.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photographs taken in March 2019.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV351284Worksheet: Oates, M.. 20/05/2013. Ruined Granite Structure. Digital.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123459 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UE-20.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV103672Related to: Semi-circular enclosure on Erme Pits Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV28121Related to: Streamworks along the River Erme, Erme Plains, Harford (Monument)
MDV20859Related to: TIN MILL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV26791Related to: TINNERS BUILDING in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2020 3:12PM