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HER Number:MDV13464
Name:Five Circular Settling Tanks at Brent Moor Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent

Summary

Row of five circular settling tanks shown on 19th century map at Brent Moor Clay Works to the west of Shipley Bridge

Location

Grid Reference:SX 679 629
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/109/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SETTLING TANK (XIX to XX - 1850 AD to 1950 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Five circular features shown as 'Old Clay Pits' on 19th century map.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Five features shown as 'Old Clay Pits' on early 20th century map.


Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Five circular feature shown on mid 20th century aeial photograph.


Robinson, R., 1977-1979, South Brent Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV151046.

Site visited in March 1977. On the hillside above the car park at Shipley are the remains of extensive china clay processing structures. These mainly consist of five granite built circular settling tanks at descending levels and many interconnecting culverts and ditches


Robinson, R., 1984, Survey Drawing of Brent Moor China Clay Works (Report - Survey). SDV151626.

Five settling tanks at Brent Moor China Clay Works.


Newman, P., 2002, Shipley Bridge China-Clay Works, South Brent, 6, Figures 2-3, Plates 5-6 (Report - Survey). SDV360363.

Pits 14-18: Five settling tanks form a cluster built into an artificially embanked terrace. Originally the tanks had dressed granite linings. Access for vehicles removing the linings has altered the earthworks leaving large openings and causing pits 16-18 to become conjoined.
Pit 14: Overall diameter 18 metres by 2 metres deep. Two edge-set stones on the eastern side mark the position of an overflow sluice and at the base of the retaining bank is the opening for a ceramic pipe from which the the settled slurry flowed.
Pit 15: Diameter 8.8 metres by 2.4 metres deep with disturbance on the eastern end although some of the granite lining blocks remain.
Pits 16-18: Extensively disturbed pits when they were robbed of their lining blocks. Original diameter was probably 11 metres with a depth of 2.3 metres


Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Row of five circular features shown on modern mapping as 'Settling Tanks (disused)'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV151046Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977-1979. South Brent Parish Checklist. South Brent Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV151626Report - Survey: Robinson, R.. 1984. Survey Drawing of Brent Moor China Clay Works.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped features: #80920 ; #80921 ; #80922 ; #80923 ; #80924 ]
SDV360363Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Shipley Bridge China-Clay Works, South Brent. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. AI/35/2002. A4 Comb Bound. 6, Figures 2-3, Plates 5-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV5820Part of: Brentmoor China Clay Works, South Brent (Monument)
MDV13463Related to: Clay Pits at Brent Moor Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent (Monument)
MDV119868Related to: Eastern 'Drag' at Brent Moor Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent (Monument)
MDV13465Related to: Industrial Building to the south of Brent Moor Clay Works, South Brent (Monument)
MDV5823Related to: Industrial Buildings at Brent Moor China Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent (Monument)
MDV119872Related to: Possible Building at Brent Moor Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent (Building)
MDV119864Related to: Settling Pits at Brent Moor Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent (Monument)
MDV119870Related to: Settling Tank at Brent Moor Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent (Monument)
MDV119865Related to: Two Mounds at Brent Moor Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent (Monument)
MDV119866Related to: Western 'Drag' at Brent Moor Clay Works, Shipley Bridge, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7367 - Shipley Bridge China Clay Works, South Brent (Ref: AI/35/2002)

Date Last Edited:Sep 22 2017 2:58PM