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HER Number:MDV116692
Name:Ruined tinners' hut on the Walla Brook

Summary

Remains of a Medieval or later tinner's hut situated within an area of streamworks on the left bank of the Walla Brook. The rectangular building measures 9.8 metres by 6 metres internally with walls surviving to a maximum height of 0.75 metres. A entrance was positioned centrally in the south wall.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 633 876
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of a ruined medieval or later tinners' hut on the Walla Brook

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NW75
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 619182
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Constructed, Early Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1066 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 787 (Monograph). SDV249702.

On the north bank of the Walla Brook, at the north-east end of Watern Down is an unusually large timber hut, 33 feet 2 inches long by 15 feet 3 inches wide and divided internally into two rooms. There is little doubt that the building was a tinner's hostel. A leat upstream brought water to Walla Brook from Hedon River (Galloven Brook), while a leat downstream did the reverse. Evidence of streaming operation exists further downstream.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P., 2003-2004, Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV350801.

(28/10/2003) SX 63378760. A ruinous rectangular building built against the side of a small streamworked area on the left bank of the Walla Brook. It measures 9.8m E to W by 6.0m internally with an entrance positioned centrally in the S wall. The W, S and E walls consist of coursed boulders and average 0.8m wide and 0.75m high. The N side is revetted to a height of around 1.2m into the side of the streamwork. The interior is divided into two roughly equal portions by a short stub wall and is largely obscured by long grass.
The leats mentioned by Authority 1 both rise on the Walla Brook and feed the former streamworks on the Gallaven Brook to the N.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 787.
SDV350801Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P.. 2003-2004. Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. 28-2004. Unknown.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV21091Related to: Streamworks in Watern Combe, along the Wallabrook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 25 2022 3:17PM