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HER Number:MDV114612
Name:Foundations of a shelter on Piles Hill

Summary

Remains of possible pillow mounds and the tumbled foundation support of a wooden building which may have been used for accommodation by the workers at the Redlake Clay mine. Possible remains of a temporary camp for the railway construction workers.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 652 604
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLOW MOUND? (XIX to XX - 1900 AD to 1932 AD (Between))
  • WORKERS TEMPORARY SETTLEMENT (XIX to XX - 1900 AD to 1932 AD (Between))

Full description

Stainer, N., 2016, Features on Piles Hill, Two photos included (Correspondence). SDV359460.

Remains at SX65213 60415 (GPS) appear to be pillow mounds and the tumbled foundation support of a wooden building such as was used for accommodation by the workers at the Redlake Clay mine: possible remains of a temporary camp for the railway construction workers?
Clearly man made features and although they are an unrealistic distance from the moor’s edge for ‘moorstone’ collection, there is some evidence of post 1800 quarrying.
Closer to the run of the clay pipeline than to any other visible archaeology and Helen Harris (Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor) comments that the clay mine workers who constructed the site, the tramway and the pipeline, lived on site during the week and trapped rabbits.
Possible that this may be a sheltered site for the workers to live in the early stages of the construction process; it is also close to a winter spring for water.
At both Leftlake and Redlake the concrete foundations of the dormitory blocks can be seen – a little way away from the actual workings.
This site appears to be a less permanent construction, making use of the plentifully available local moorstone.
Only HER site in vicinity is a possible vermin trap a little to the north; otherwise rather obscure place for a vermin trap.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV359460Correspondence: Stainer, N.. 2016. Features on Piles Hill. Email. Digital. Two photos included. [Mapped feature: #3207 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5167Related to: Redlake Clay works pipeline (Monument)
MDV3138Related to: The Redlake China Clay Railway (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 8 2016 11:46AM