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HER Number:MDV126483
Name:Openwork on the western flank of the Redwater valley

Summary

Tin openworks which exploited the Vitifer Lode on the western flank of the Redwater valley. A very large tinwork spans the hill at the northern end of Soussons Common joining the streamworks of Walla Brook and Redwater valleys extending for a total distance of 480 metres. The tinwork which is up to 102 metres wide and 7-10 metres deep consists of two contiguous parallel gullies which are rock cut in places leaving a thin island of unworked ground down the centre.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 679 808
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 306
  • Pastscape: 1332395

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 6797 8081. Tin openworks which exploited the Vitifer Lode on the western flank of the Redwater valley. A very large tinwork spans the hill at the northern end of Soussons Common joining the streamworks of Walla Brook (SX 68 SE 213) and Redwater (SX 68 SE 327) valleys extending for a total distance of 480 metres. The tinwork which is up to 102 metres wide and 7-10 metres deep consists of two contiguous parallel gullies which are rock cut in places leaving a thin island of unworked ground down the centre. At the eastern end the two gullies merge into one. The interior has several raised areas of undisturbed ground which resemble mounds. A narrow spur of tinworking branches off to the south at SX 6786 8072 and merges with the Redwater streamwork which extends up the hill. Water for the working was diverted from sources on Bush Down and Water hill though only one reservoir associated with this working has been noted at SX 6787 8095. The tinwork is mostly undocumented but is likely to be post-medieval i.e.. c. 1450-1750. Evidence of several later shafts (centred SX 6771 8072; 6802 8081) and a wheelpit (SX 68 SE 320) is visible inside the tinwork associated with the 19th century Birch Tor and Vitifer tin mine (SX 68 SE 301).

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

MDV54593Related to: Opencast lode tinworking on Water Hill (Monument)
MDV126478Related to: Openwork 500 metres south-west of Birch Tor (Monument)
MDV126479Related to: Openwork 500 metres west of Birch Tor (Monument)
MDV126482Related to: Openwork on the western flank of the upper Redwater Valley (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:Oct 11 2019 4:18PM