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HER Number:MDV122019
Name:Wheelpit at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford

Summary

Wheelpit at West Vitifer Mine filled in during 1877 is visible as a depression on aerial photograph

Location

Grid Reference:SX 678 827
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/98
  • Old SAM Ref: 28728
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATER WHEEL (XIX - 1850 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Not shown at 'West Vitifer Tin Mine (Disused)' on 19th century map.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Two sides of the wheelpit shown at 'West Vitifer Tin Mine (disused)' on early 20th century map.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1985, Steeperton Tor Tin Mine, Dartmoor, 118 (Article in Serial). SDV310154.


Gerrard, S., 1990-1994, Monument Protection Programme, 149396 (Report - Survey). SDV350743.

Site visit


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 33, Map 25 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Three sides of the wheelpit shown on map at 'West Vitifer Mine'.


Passmore, A. J., 1997, Boveycombehedd, Chagford, Devon: an archaeological investigation of a Diachronic landscape (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV360382.


Passmore, A. J., 1997, Boveycombehedd, Chagford, Devon: an archaeological investigation of a Diachronic landscape, 27-33, Figures 4, 5 & 7 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV360382.

New Vitifer Mine operating in the 19th century with stone buildings, shafts and adits. Figure 7 shows the location of the Engine Sahft, the wheelpit, stamping floor and the three buddles. The water wheel was 18 metres in diameter by 1.75 metres and constructed to power ten head of stamps for crushing the ore. The wheelpit was filled in during 1877 but is still visible as a depression and was powered by a leat which passed through the elluvial streamwork and over the openwork via an aquaduct to the wheelpit.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1997, Tin Stamping Mills of Dartmoor after AD 1750, 6-8 (Article in Serial). SDV346020.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Two sides of wheelpit shown on aerial photograph.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'West Vitifer Tin Mine (disused)' shown on modern mapping.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1018926 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

There are several tinworks within the monument and amongst these are an openwork, prospecting gully, shafts, a whim platform, areas of alluvial and eluvial streamworking and a 19th century tin mine known as West Vitifer Mine.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 33, Map 25.
SDV310154Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1985. Steeperton Tor Tin Mine, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 117. 118.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346020Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1997. Tin Stamping Mills of Dartmoor after AD 1750. Dartmoor Magazine. 49. Paperback Volume. 6-8.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #111566 ]
SDV350743Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-1994. Monument Protection Programme. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown. 149396.
SDV360382Post-Graduate Thesis: Passmore, A. J.. 1997. Boveycombehedd, Chagford, Devon: an archaeological investigation of a Diachronic landscape. King Alfred's College, Winchester. A4 Comb Bound. 27-33, Figures 4, 5 & 7.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1018926.

Associated Monuments

MDV6682Part of: West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122023Related to: Building at the Dressing Floor of West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122022Related to: Building at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122020Related to: Stamping Floor at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV27847Related to: Streamworks on River Bovey, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122018Related to: Three Buddles at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV64207Related to: Three Mine Shafts asoociated with West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7505 - Boveycombehedd, Chagford: An Archaeological Investigation of a Diachronic Landscape

Date Last Edited:May 15 2018 3:31PM