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HER Number:MDV12972
Name:STAMPING MILL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest


Vis=-/10/1980 (greeves) a stamping mill identified here. This probably relates to bachelors hall mine. The first lease for work at bachelors hall was granted in 1795, and work seems to have ended in the 1870s (greeves).


Grid Reference:SX 601 734
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and walling remains of the late 18th century Bachelor's Hall Tin Mine, Princetown, including remains of a stamping mill and smelting house, leats, stamping floor and a dam

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/95
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STAMPING MILL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

FLETCHER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV10257.

The mill stance and wheel-pit are depicted but now described on the os 25" map dated 1951 (fletcher).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV234211.

Not visible (rchm app 1985).

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV234212.

Vis=24/4/1989 (rchme) sx60167345. A stamping mill situated on a fairly steep slope in a woodland above a fast-flowing stream. The working floor, cut into the slope, is about 18.6m by 11m with a coursed drystone retaining wall up to 1.4m high on the uphill side. No features are visible on the level marshy stance but on the s side there is a partly dismantled but still well-defined wheel pit. It is about 6.0m long, 1.4m wide and 1.2m deep and is constructed of granite boulders; no bearing stones are traceable. To the w of an adjacent track are the remains of a launder bank, an earthen mound about 2.9m long, a maximum 1m wide with a slight channel along the top. A short narrow dry channel which extends from the bank w to merge with a series of cuttings and drainage channels. A well-defined channel leads from the bottom of the wheel-pit to the stream.

Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV234213.

Vis=the source of the water to power the wheel is either the leat high on the hillside above or possibly the leat which now abruptly terminates near bachelors hall. The high leat powered water-wheels in the bachelors hall tin mine complex and the run-off water was apparently channelled to the stream by a straight cutting. The tm depicts a short angular branch from the channel to the graphically illustrated wheel-pit. This branch can be reinstated on the ground in the present drainage pattern but the water would have had to be very effectively baffled. The lower leat now ends at a hedge at 378m od. It may once however have continued more or less along this contour, a course now occupied by a metalled track, to the launder bank.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV234216.

Greeves, t. A. P. /historical notes on bachelors hall mine, and survey drawing/(1980)/typescript in parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV234217.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV234218.

Des=fletcher, m. J. /(24/4/1989)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV234219.

Des=greeves, t. /dartmoor magazine/49(winter 1997)6-8/tin stamping mills of dartmoor after ad 1750.

Greeves, T. A. P., Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV69961.

Vis=-/10/1980 (greeves) a stamping mill identified here. This probably relates to bachelors hall mine. The first lease for work at bachelors hall was granted in 1795, and work seems to have ended in the 1870s (greeves).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV10257Migrated Record: FLETCHER.
SDV234211Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV234212Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV234213Report - Survey:
SDV234216Migrated Record:
SDV234217Migrated Record:
SDV234218Migrated Record:
SDV234219Migrated Record:
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments

MDV4735Part of: Bachelors Hall Tin Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM