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HER Number:MDV12422
Name:Tinners Hut within Streamworks, Cornwood


Probable medieval tinners' hut in an area of tin streaming on west bank of River Erme with internal measurements 6 by 8 metres


Grid Reference:SX 637 635
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/132

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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, Figure 43 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A ruined rectangular building, of medieval or post-medieval date, cuts into the foot of a steep slope on the edge of the valley bottom tinworks, 40 metres west of the River Erme. The building appears to comprise an inner and outer wall, though possibly not forming a single structure. The inner structure measures approximately 6.6 metres by 3 metres wide, surrounded by the outer wall, which is 7.2 metres by 5.6 metres wide leaving a void between the two. The eastern end of the outer structure is curved in plan. Both inner and outer walls are approximately 0.6 metres thick, and no part of the ruin stands higher than 0.5 metres. The location of this building suggests it was probably associated with the extensive tin streamworking in this section of the Erme valley, used as a possible shelter, or lodge. The reason for its curious construction style remains to be determined.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Small rectangular building shown on modern mapping.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 442394, SX66SW76 (Website). SDV362732.

A probable medieval tinners' hut in an area of tin streaming on west bank of River Erme. Internal measurements 6 metres by 8 metres, walling 1 metres thick and 0.6 metres high. In good condition.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117073 ]
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442394, SX66SW76.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2020 12:28PM