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HER Number:MDV126482
Name:Openwork on the western flank of the upper Redwater Valley

Summary

A tin openwork on the western flank of the upper Redwater Valley which followed the Birch Tor Lode. The tinwork is sinuous and slightly curving in plan and extends for approximately 290 metres on a south-west by north-east orientation. It is up to 32 metres wide and 6 metres deep with almost sheer sides which are rock cut in places.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 679 810
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 307
  • Pastscape: 1332951

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 25/07/2001) Centred SX 6800 8180. A tin openwork on the western flank of the upper Redwater Valley which followed the Birch Tor Lode. The tinwork is sinuous and slightly curving in plan and extends for approximately 290 metres on a south-west by north-east orientation. It is up to 32 metres wide and 6 metres deep with almost sheer sides which are rock cut in places. There are three earthwork reservoirs (SX 6785 8102; 6788 8103; 6799 8110) along the northern edge of the tinwork consisting of shallow hollows with upcast earthen banks on the downslope side, which supplied water from sources mainly on Bush Down to the north-east. Sluices from the reservoirs directed water to the various sectors of the openwork. The tinwork is undocumented but is likely to be post-medieval i.e.. c.1450-1750. Inside the tinwork there is clear evidence of shaft heads (SX 6797 8103; 6784 8100) and pumping installations dating from the Birch Tor and Vitifer tin mine (SX 68 SE 301) which is documented between the late 18th century and about 1914 .

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

MDV126478Related to: Openwork 500 metres south-west of Birch Tor (Monument)
MDV126479Related to: Openwork 500 metres west of Birch Tor (Monument)
MDV126483Related to: Openwork on the western flank of the Redwater valley (Monument)
MDV126484Related to: Streamworking on the Walla Brook (Monument)
MDV126484Related to: Streamworking on the Walla Brook (Monument)
MDV126484Related to: Streamworking on the Walla Brook (Monument)
MDV126484Related to: Streamworking on the Walla Brook (Monument)
MDV126481Related to: Tin streamworks in the Redwater Valley (Monument)
MDV126481Related to: Tin streamworks in the Redwater Valley (Monument)
MDV126481Related to: Tin streamworks in the Redwater Valley (Monument)
MDV126481Related to: Tin streamworks in the Redwater Valley (Monument)

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 1:28PM