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HER Number:MDV126478
Name:Openwork 500 metres south-west of Birch Tor

Summary

A tin openwork on the eastern flank of the Redwater Valley 500 metres south-west of Birch Tor. The openwork is over 280 metres long and 80 metres wide at the widest point. It is 6 to 8 metres deep. It probably dates from the post-medieval period of tinworking on Dartmoor, c.1450-1750.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 684 810
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 SE 305
  • Pastscape: 1332391

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OPEN CUT (Constructed, XV to Post Medieval - 1450 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 2002, Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines (Report - Survey). SDV363213.

(Visited 10/07/2001) A tin openwork on the eastern flank of the Redwater Valley 500 metres south-west of Birch Tor. The openwork is over 280 metres long and 80 metres wide at the widest point. It is 6 to 8 metres deep. It probably dates from the post-medieval period of tinworking on Dartmoor, c.1450-1750.
Water was supplied via a leat (see MDV126477) which has its source at the head of the neighbouring West Webburn valley and extends around the south slopes of Birch Tor. The lode was named Garden Lode in the 19th century and a single shaft and adit survive from that period on the floor of the openwork together with a small rectangular building.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV363213Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines. English Heritage. A1/34/2002. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV126487Related to: Carpenter's shop at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)
MDV126463Related to: Hut circle settlement on the west slope of Birch Tor (Monument)
MDV126489Related to: Mine buildings at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)
MDV126479Related to: Openwork 500 metres west of Birch Tor (Monument)
MDV126483Related to: Openwork on the western flank of the Redwater valley (Monument)
MDV126482Related to: Openwork on the western flank of the upper Redwater Valley (Monument)
MDV126492Related to: Remains of a bungalow at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)
MDV126484Related to: Streamworking on the Walla Brook (Monument)
MDV126480Related to: Three tin openworks at the head of the Redwater valley (Monument)
MDV126481Related to: Tin streamworks in the Redwater Valley (Monument)
MDV126490Related to: Turbine house at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)
MDV126491Related to: Wheel pit at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Monument)
MDV126486Related to: Workers cottages at Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7139 - Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines Survey (Ref: A1/20/2001, A1/34/2002)

Date Last Edited:Sep 17 2019 1:27PM