HeritageGateway - Home

Login  |  Register
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.


HER Number:MDV13233
Name:Possible tinners' cache built into the wall of enclosure north of Piles Copse

Summary

One of two similar, small, ruined circular structures built into the outer wall of a prehistoric enclosure. The sites have previously been recorded as tinners’ caches, though of this there is no certainty. The overall outer diameter of the approximately circular stony mound is 2.6 metres, but the interior walls form a rectangle of approximately 1.5 metres by 1.2 metres. These structures appear to be post-prehistoric intrusions, but their date and purpose is unknown. This area of the Erme Valley is affected by a dense covering of bracken in the summer months, totally obscuring these remains.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 644 626
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SW86
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/128/4
  • Old SAM County Ref: 813
  • Old SAM Ref: 10521
  • Pastscape: 442421

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS CACHE? (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD? (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66SW86, D? (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV147916.

(20/12/1977) One of five structures (see related records), which appear to be tinners' caches, built within a prehistoric enclosed settlement (Monument HOB UID 442312). They may be associated with the extensive tin streaming of Medieval and later date which is visible alongside the River Erme, hereabouts.
D: SX 64446262. Rectangular, 1.3m by 1.0m, with two to four courses of walling built down into the prehistoric enclosure wall to a depth of 0.4m. There is no roof or entrance, simply a box like structure.
Only feature 'A' was surveyed on MSD at 10 000, the scale precluding portrayal of the others. Found during field investigation.

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

(July 1977) Tinners' cache north of Piles Copse. Just outside the south wall of prehistoric enclosure SX 64416264. A small rectangular structure of stones measuring 2.1m by 1.5m (external measurements), placed to form a trough-like cavity within, approximately 0.5m deep.
Ordnance Survey 1977 Cache 'D', SX 64446262. "rectangular 1.3m by 1.0m with two to four courses of walling built down into the Prehistoric enclosure walling to depth of 0.4m. No roof or entrance, simply a box-like structure.

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

Grid reference should be SX 64419 62650. Depicted on GIS survey data.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

One of two similar, small, ruined circular structures built into the outer wall of a prehistoric enclosure on the eastern lower slopes of the River Erme, 300 metres north of Piles Copse. The sites have previously been recorded as tinners’ caches, though of this there is no certainty. The overall outer diameter of the approximately circular stony mound is 2.6 metres, but the interior walls form a rectangle of approximately 1.5 metres by 1.2 metres. These structures appear to be post-prehistoric intrusions, but their date and purpose is unknown. This area of the Erme Valley is affected by a dense covering of bracken in the summer months, totally obscuring these remains.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV147916Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66SW86. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown. D?.
SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #124092 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV13230Related to: Beehive hut in enclosure north of Piles Copse, Harford (Monument)
MDV13232Related to: Possible tinners' cache built into the wall of enclosure north of Piles Copse (Monument)
MDV13231Related to: Unlikely tinners' caches within enclosure north of Piles Copse (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Feb 7 2020 11:51AM