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HER Number:MDV116606
Name:Building 200 metres east of Ducks Pool Memorial, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Known as 'Duck's Pool House', this is a single roomed rectangular structure measuring 2.5 metres east to west by 1.3 metres internally with coursed boulder walls. Does not conform to the usual siting of tinners huts in that it is built on rather than into the streamworking remains and its condition would seem to indicate a relatively recent construction. It seems more likely to be a shepherds dwelling or shelter

Location

Grid Reference:SX 627 679
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 70
  • Pastscape: 1063422
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHEPHERDS HUT? (Post Medieval to Mid 20th Century - 1540 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 81, Map 55 (Monograph). SDV337765.

`Duck's Pool House' (TB12) is a tiny building of 3.2 metres by 1.8 metres was perhaps a tinners' house but rebuilt with door jamb and fireplace

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.

SX 62776796. A ruined building within extensive streamworking remains on the right bank tributary of Blacklane Brook 200 metres east of Ducks Pool Memorial.
The single roomed rectangular structure measures 2.5 metres east to west by 1.3 metres internally with coursed boulder walls 0.7 metres wide and a maximum of 1.1 metres high. A probable entrance is situated slightly off-centre in the north wall and a recess 0.6 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep lies in the south-east corner.
This structure does not conform to the usual siting of tinners huts in that it is built on rather than into the streamworking remains and its condition would seem to indicate a relatively recent construction. It seems more likely to be a shepherds dwelling or shelter (citing Probert, S. A. J., 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.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, Figure 42 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A ruined rectangular building located amidst the abandoned medieval tin streamworks that extend along Duck’s Pool Stream (MDV24815). The single-roomed structure measures approximately 2.5 metres by 1.5 metres and up to 1 metre high, crudely constructed from moorstone. An entrance opening is located on the northern side near the corner. The north-east end wall has an intact fireplace or recess, measuring 0.6 metres wide by 0.6 metres high. The site has previously been designated as a shepherds’ hut rather than a tinners’ hut, though there is no certainty that either is correct. The building certainly post-dates the tinworking remains within which it sits.

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. 81, 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. [Mapped feature: #122468 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5160Related to: Erme Pits Hill, Blacklane Mire, Middle Mire and Red Lake streamworks (Monument)
MDV126698Related to: Tinners building north of Duck's Pool (Monument)
MDV126699Related to: Tinners building west of the Blacklane Brook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Apr 23 2020 2:43PM