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HER Number:MDV12727
Name:Streamworks on the Narrator Brook, Sheepstor

Summary

Extensive area of streamworks on the Narrator Brook. Possibly earlier medieval in origin.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 589 687
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/212
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STREAMWORKS (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monument Record, 19/05/1977, SX5868, SX5868/1/193 (Aerial Photograph). SDV230999.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.


The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Unit, 1985, The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV340940.

Streamworks visible along the brook to the east and immediately south-east of combestone Tor. North-eastern limit at SX59266927, southern limit at SX58806822, eastern limit at SX59256818.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1990, An Assessment of Dartmoor Tinworking, 20 (Report - Assessment). SDV343684.

Medieval enclosure boundaries (possibly corn ditches) appear to run over some of the tinners' heaps, implying considerable antiquity to the latter. The streamworks are also supplied by two reservoirs.


Whitbourn, A., 2001, An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren, 82, Appendix 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV360381.

Combeshead Tor open tinning site.


Newman, P., 2007, Cramber Tor Training Area Monument Baseline Condition Survey, No. 1448375 (Report - Survey). SDV348210.

Site visit 1st August 2006. Tin streamworks on Narrator Brook. Under threat from footpath erosion. A large and deep tin streamwork which runs along the course of the Narrator Brook extending from the lower western slopes of Eylesbarrow down to meet the streamworks of the Deancombe Brook. The scarps which delineate the edge of the workings are up to 8 metres deep in places and the interior of the working contains a series of linear spoil heaps and water channels. A water supply to the head of the working survives in the form of a dry leat which diverted rainwater from the hill to the east. Two earthwork reservoirs are located to the east of the tinworkings. Fair condition but declining.


Probert, S., 2008, Follow-Up Works to Cramber Tor Archaeological Baseline Condition Survey, Dartmoor Training Area, 8-9, Fig. 10, No. 1448375 (Report - Survey). SDV351304.

Extensive feature flanking the Narrator Brook and covering several hectares. Has relatively few crossing points. The main crossing is at SX59176921 which carries the bulk of both human and livestock traffic across this part of the moor. The workings have been denuded of vegetation at this point and eroded in some places. At the time of the field investigation hoof prints greatly outnumbered footprints. The affected area comprises a thin strip of land, its location determined by local topography. As there appears to be little chance of the damage spreading to adjacent areas it is suggested that the decline of this strip is tolerated. The creation of alternative routes is impractical in this area.


Greeves, T., 2012, Cramber Tor Training Area. Monument Condition Survey, No. 1448375 (Report - Survey). SDV350251.

Site visit 19th January 2012. Condition and stability good.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Old Tin Workings marked.


Greeves, T., July 1979, Devon Studies Week. Notes for Afternoon Excursion, Thursday, July 12th 1979 (Un-published). SDV230997.

6. South Deepwork tin streamworks. The streamworks are mentioned in 1642. North Deepworks is referred to in documents of 1560, 1573 and 1642.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV230997Un-published: Greeves, T.. July 1979. Devon Studies Week. Notes for Afternoon Excursion, Thursday, July 12th 1979. Digital.
SDV230999Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 19/05/1977. SX5868. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. SX5868/1/193.
SDV340940Interpretation: The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Unit. 1985. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project. Map (Paper).
SDV343684Report - Assessment: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1990. An Assessment of Dartmoor Tinworking. Digital. 20.
SDV348210Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2007. Cramber Tor Training Area Monument Baseline Condition Survey. English Heritage. A4 Bound. No. 1448375.
SDV350251Report - Survey: Greeves, T.. 2012. Cramber Tor Training Area. Monument Condition Survey. Tom Greeves Report. A4 Stapled. No. 1448375.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #111874 ]
SDV351304Report - Survey: Probert, S.. 2008. Follow-Up Works to Cramber Tor Archaeological Baseline Condition Survey, Dartmoor Training Area. A4 Comb Bound. 8-9, Fig. 10, No. 1448375.
SDV360381Report - Assessment: Whitbourn, A.. 2001. An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren. A4 Comb Bound. 82, Appendix 4.

Associated Monuments

MDV42434Related to: Leat in Outholme Wood, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV42432Related to: Leat north of Combshead Tor, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV42435Related to: Leat supplying Outhouse Beam openwork, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV42439Related to: TINNERS RESERVOIR in the Parish of Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6153 - Monument Baseline Condition Survey in the Cramber Tor Training Area
  • EDV6034 - Monument Condition Survey in Cramber Tor Training Area
  • EDV6152 - Follow-up Works to Threatened Sites in the Cramber Tor Training Area
  • EDV6239 - Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine
  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:Jul 12 2019 3:12PM