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HER Number:MDV131171
Name:Tin pits around Holming Beam Farm


Earthwork remains of post medieval tin works situated to the east of Blackbrook River. Archaeological field surveys in 1994 and 2002 recorded a small openwork measuring 70 metres in length, 5 metres in width and had a maximum depth of 1 metre. Five pits were situated to the north of the openwork.


Grid Reference:SX 581 761
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of Medieval or later streamworking and 19th century Naphtha Tramway and granite quarries north and west of Princetown Prison

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE101
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1065252
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • EXTRACTIVE PIT (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))
  • PROSPECTING PIT (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))
  • TIN WORK (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(16/09/1994) A small openwork lies to the south of a large complex of tinworking remains (NMR SX 57 NE 97) at NGR SX 58337622. It is 70m long, 5m wide and 1m deep (maximum); to its north lie five pits.

Probert, S. A. J., 2002, Dartmoor Prison Farm, Devon. An Archaeological Survey and Evaluation, 4, fig (Report - Survey). SDV364452.

[1065252] SX 58197619 A small openwork measuring 70m north to south by 5m wide and 1.0m deep lies above the right bank of the Black Dunghill Brook. A line of widely spaced tin pits connect this working to the much larger complex (MDV28932) immediately to the north.
(22/08/2002) No change.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV131170Related to: Holming Beam Farm (Monument)
MDV27094Related to: Leat channel north-east of Fice's Well (Monument)
MDV117300Related to: Prison farm estate, Princetown (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8714 - Survey of Dartmoor Prison Farm (Ref: AI//37/2002)
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8813 - Archaeological and historical investigation of Peat Cutting on North-Western Dartmoor

Date Last Edited:Mar 6 2023 4:02PM