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HER Number:MDV13226
Name:Tinner's hut to east of River Erme, Harford


Tinner's hut to east of River Erme close to the western wall of a prehistoric enclosure


Grid Reference:SX 635 637
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/124

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Constructed, XIX to Mid 20th Century - 1890 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 399 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

Site visited on 6th August 1976 and 7th March 1978. Close to the left bank of the River Erme. The hut was built against the outer side of the western wall of a prehistoric enclosure. The building is rectangular and the walls of loosely laid granite stones of medium size stand about 1.0 metre high. The walls have spread outwards giving external measurements, length 7.0 metres, parallel to the river, width circa 3.0 metres. The internal measurements are 5.10 metres length by 2.0 metres width. The walls are complete all round so that there is no evidence of an entrance. This part of the River Erme shows extensive tinners' workings, and other remains of small buildings occur on the west bank in Cornwood parish. They are assumed to relate to tinners' activities.

Vis=12/8/1977 (os).(2) "hut 7.0m x 4.0m internally, the long axis parallel to the erme. Walling 1.0m wide and 1.0m high. Entrance not visible as modern walling has been added. General condition poor. ".

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 55-56, Map 54, Figure 54.15 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Tinners hut ' shown against the western boundary of the prehistoric settlement at Blatchford Brook Foot.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Rectangular feature visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Rectangular 'tinners hut' shown on survey at Harford Moor Settlement.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, Figure 8 & 39 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A ruined rectangular building, 20 metres east of the River Erme, built against the outer wall of a prehistoric enclosure (MDV4247). A probable tinners’ hut or lodge, for which a post-medieval date may be assumed, though possibly earlier. The walls are constructed from granite standing to a height of approximately 0.5 metres and up to 1.1 metres thick, embanked externally, and they survive in good condition. Interior dimensions are 4.7 metres by 2 metres. The entrance opening survives in the south-west wall, though appears to have been deliberately blocked by inserting rocks.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 442397, SX66SW77 (Website). SDV362732.

A probable Medieval or later tinner's hut found during archaeological field investigations in 1972. The structure measures 7 metres by 4 metres internally, with walls survivng to a maximum height of one metre. Its entrance was not visible as the structure had been partially rebuilt and was generally in a poor condition. The building had been built on to the outer walling of a Bronze Age enclosed settlement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 399.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 55-56, Map 54, Figure 54.15.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123148 ]
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442397, SX66SW77.

Associated Monuments

MDV4247Related to: Enclosed settlement at the junction of Blatchford Bottom and the River Erme (Monument)
MDV28116Related to: Hut circle (7) to the west of prehistoric enclosure at Blatchford Brook Foot, Harford Harford (Monument)
MDV28115Related to: Possible hut circles (8) to the south-west of prehistoric enclosure at Blatchford Brook Foot, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2020 12:30PM