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HER Number:MDV116601
Name:Tinners' building at Dry Lake, Lydford

Summary

A ruined rectangular building located with an area of tin streamworks along the Upper Drylake is a possible tinners’ building, or lodge, for which a post-medieval date may be assumed, though possibly earlier. The walls are ruined to just above ground level on all but the southern end where it survives to 0.6 metres high. The internal dimensions are 3.8 metres by 2.0 metres. The entrance was on the eastern side though much of this wall is no longer visible.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 634 667
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural and earthwork remains of Medieval or later tin streamworks on the River Erme and its tributaries, Blacklane Brook, Dry Lake and Red Lake, as well as blowing houses and tinners buildings and possible prehistoric enclosures at Wollake

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 66 NW 114
  • Pastscape: 1063732
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

English Heritage, 2005, Industrial Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV346396.

Depicted on the digital map layer.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, Accessed 15/09/2016 (Website). SDV359354.

The remains of a tinner's hut lie on the east bank of Dry Lake at SX 63486675 in an area of streamworks. The building measures 2.6 metres north to south by 2.2 metres. The walls, of granite blocks, are 0.7 metres wide and up to five courses, 0.9 metres (max) high at the south end. The north end is disturbed by a stream, and the interior is now infilled with reeds and is very boggy.
It is one of three tinners buildings in Dry Lake (See MDV116603, and MDV116604). (citing Riley, H., Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation, 10/11/1994).

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

A ruined rectangular building located with an area of tin streamworks along the Upper Drylake is a possible tinners’ building, or lodge, for which a post-medieval date may be assumed, though possibly earlier. The walls are ruined to just above ground level on all but the southern end where it survives to 0.6 metres high. The internal dimensions are 3.8 metres by 2.0 metres. The entrance was on the eastern side though much of this wall is no longer visible.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A ruined rectangular building located with an area of tin streamworks along Upper Drylake (MDV24808) is a possible tinners’ building, or lodge, for which a post-medieval date may be assumed, though possibly earlier. The walls are ruined to just above ground level on all but the southern end where it survives to 0.6 metres high. The internal dimensions are 3.8 metres by 2 metres. The entrance was on the eastern side though much of this wall is no longer visible.

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

(10/01/2020) The mire, upstream of this monument, is now encroaching on the site. The stream that flowed past the western wall has become blocked by silt and vegetation and water is flooding through the building. While no immediate physical damage to the walls can be attested, the sheer volume of water flow must be having an impact on the finer archaeological evidence contained in the contexts of the floor. Wetland plants are now growing extensively in and around the site. Condition is moderate.

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

Photographed 10/01/2020.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Rectangular building shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346396Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Industrial Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. Accessed 15/09/2016.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #118954 ]
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV24808Related to: Dry Lake openwork, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV5160Related to: Erme Pits Hill, Blacklane Mire, Middle Mire and Red Lake streamworks (Monument)
MDV116604Related to: Tinners' building at Dry Lake Ford (Building)
MDV116603Related to: Tinners' building at Middle Mire, Lydford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jul 21 2020 10:41AM