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HER Number:MDV116604
Name:Tinners' building at Dry Lake Ford

Summary

A medieval or later tinner's hut, cache or shepherd's hut situated on the east bank of Dry Lake within an area of streamworks. Survey in 2018 records is as a stone shelter built against an overhanging granite boulder, sited in the Upper Drylake streamworks (MDV24808). A crude, curved dry-stone wall of approximately 1.0 metre high, encloses the cavity beneath the overhanging rock, creating a space big enough, possibly, for one person to shelter. The structure is unlikely to be associated with the tinwork, neither is it an antiquity.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 634 664
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 115
  • Pastscape: 1063734
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT? (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • SHELTER (Built, Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, Map 55 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Tinners' building shown as 'T.B.' within 'Dry Lake' streamworks.

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.

A small shelter lies on the east bank of Dry Lake at SX 63446648 in an area of streamworks. This is described as a tinners cache by Butler (1993). The shelter comprises moorstone walls built around two large earthfast boulders to the north-west and south-east. It measures 2.1 metres north to south by 0.8 metres; the walls are 0.8 metres wide and 1.1 metres high (maximum).
The shelter is one of three tinners buildings in Dry Lake (see MDV116601 and MDV116603) and may have been used by tinners or as a shepherds shelter (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.

Building shown on survey with an opening on the east side.

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

A stone shelter built against an overhanging granite boulder, sited in the Upper Drylake streamworks (MDV24808). A crude, curved dry-stone wall of approximately 1.0 metre high, encloses the cavity beneath the overhanging rock, creating a space big enough, possibly, for one person to shelter. The structure is unlikely to be associated with the tinwork, neither is it an antiquity.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. Map 55.
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV24808Related to: Dry Lake openwork, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV5160Related to: Erme Pits Hill, Blacklane Mire, Middle Mire and Red Lake streamworks (Monument)
MDV20838Related to: Tin mill close to Dry Lake Ford on the north bank of the Erme, Lydford (Building)
MDV116601Related to: Tinners' building at Dry Lake, Lydford (Building)
MDV116603Related to: Tinners' building at Middle Mire, Lydford (Building)
MDV116605Related to: Tinners' building at Red Lake, Lydford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Apr 21 2020 3:41PM