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HER Number:MDV116602
Name:Tinners' building 200 metres south-east of Dry Lake Ford, Lydford


Remains of a medieval or later tinner's hut situated at the edge of streamworks, on the north bank of the River Erme. A possible entrance was identified in the north side and no internal features were visible.


Grid Reference:SX 635 662
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 117
  • Pastscape: 1063742
  • 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 tinners hut lies some 200 metres southeast of Dry Lake Ford, at the edge of an area of streamworks, on the north bank of the River Erme at SX 63526624. The building measures 5.8 metres east to west by 2.8 metres and has walls of granite blocks, 1.1 metres wide and up to 3 courses (0.9 metres) high. There is a possible entrance in the north side; no internal features are visible (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.

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

A ruined rectangular building located within an area of shallow tin streamworks on the east bank of the River Erme, north of Redlake, is a possible tinners’ building, or lodge, for which a post-medieval date may be assumed, though possibly earlier. The turf-covered, partly tumbled stone walls are in a fair condition though the structure is now becoming disguised by rushes. Internal dimensions 5.2 metres by 2.5 metres and the walls stand to no higher than 0.5 metres.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UE-6 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(23/01/2019) Recorded by volunteer condition assessor. Condition assessed as poor. This monument lies on the edge of a low lying streamworks which is now a minor flood plain of the river. Wet ground surrounds and in times of flood is not accessible. As a consequence the building is waterlogged and becoming overgrown by water tolerant plants.

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

Photographs taken in January 2019.

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

Small rectangular building shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346396Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Industrial Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #75930 ]
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.
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. UE-6.
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)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2020 2:23PM