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HER Number:MDV116605
Name:Tinners' building at Red Lake, Lydford


The remains of a medieval or later tinner's hut situated on the south bank of Red Lake within an area of streamworks. The north-west corner had recently been rebuilt and the east wall and the interior were obscured by rubble.


Grid Reference:SX 637 663
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 66 NW 120
  • Pastscape: 1063753

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 south bank of Red Lake, in an area of streamworks some 400 metres east of Red Lake Ford at SX 63796634. The building is 5.3 metres north to south by 2.6 metres. The walls, of coursed granite blocks, are 0.6 metres wide and stand to a maximum height of 0.9 metres. The northwest corner has recently been rebuilt; the east wall and the interior are obscured by rubble (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 with an area of tin streamworks along the Redlake tributary (MDV28955) of the River Erme, is a possible tinners’ building, or lodge, for which a medieval date has been assumed. Some doubt must remain over its authenticity as it appears to consist of a fairly recent adaptation of an existing section of tinwork revetment, while the floor is covered by large boulders which are unlikely to have tumbled. The structure has a rectangular footprint measuring 5.2 metres by 2.8 metres, standing to a maximum of 0.7 metres.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UE-5 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(23/01/2019) Recorded by volunteer condition assessor. Condition assessed as good. The site is close by a major cross moor route (the Abbots Way) and looks suspiciously like it has been partially rebuilt in recent times as a shelter. Plastic rubbish was found pushed into a hole between some rocks.

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: #75933 ]
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-5.
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:Nov 23 2020 2:21PM