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HER Number:MDV114364
Name:Holming Beam middle lode, Morwell Down

Summary

Part of the tinworking on Morwell Down, worked from the surface for tin from at least the 16th century. Later bought and worked by the Tavistock Canal Company (1806) as one of the mines in their portfolio.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 457 712
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/40

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) EXTRACTIVE PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • TIN MINE (Constructed, XVI - 1550 AD to 1599 AD (Between))

Full description

Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2001-2002, Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records, RAF/CPE/UK/2501/F20/4109-10 (Interpretation). SDV346287.

Transcriptions of small circular pits and an area of disturbed ground visible on aerial photographs RAF/CPE/UK/2501/F20/4109-10 correspond with a database record of a post-medieval extractive pits to the south of Morwelldown Plantation.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2016, Backlog Recording of the Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Survey (Personal Comment). SDV359374.

Extractive Pit South of Morwelldown Plantation SX 4556 7118
Extractive pits of probable post-medieval date were visible on aerial photographs as earthworks to the south of Morwelldown Plantation. The aerial photograph reference given in the Tamar Valley NMP transcription attributes is incomplete; the date of the photograph is not included.


Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 169-172, 182-186, figs 6.22-4, 6.35-6 (Monograph). SDV361789.

Holming Beam
This is a group of three interconnecting lodes, running parallel across the southern part of Morwell Down. Worked for tin from the surface from at least the 16th century (probably earlier); part of a large sett. Rights to this were bought by the Tavistock Canal Company with Wheal George and Charlotte in 1806. Probably included the copper mine later known as Wheal Russell which worked two lodes in the Tamar Valley to the west, and South Wheal Crebor which worked the eastward continuation of the Holming Beam lodes in the Tavy Valley to the east. Main period of working of this mine by the Company was between 1816-28.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346287Interpretation: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2001-2002. Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records. National Mapping Programme. Map (Digital). RAF/CPE/UK/2501/F20/4109-10. [Mapped feature: #73701 ]
SDV359374Personal Comment: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2016. Backlog Recording of the Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Survey. Not Applicable.
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 169-172, 182-186, figs 6.22-4, 6.35-6. [Mapped feature: #113976 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV124657Related to: Bray's Shaft, Tavistock Canal Tunnel (Monument)
MDV4083Related to: East Wheal Russell Mine (Monument)
MDV123335Related to: Holming Beam north lode, Morwell Down (Monument)
MDV123336Related to: Holming Beam south lode, Morwell Down (Monument)
MDV124658Related to: Mine Shaft, Morwelldown Plantation (Monument)
MDV123232Related to: Tavistock Canal, Main record (Monument)
MDV79980Related to: Tinworking in Morwelldown Plantation, Gulworthy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6911 - Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme
  • EDV8013 - Survey of the Tavistock Canal Tunnel on Morwelldown

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2019 12:14PM