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HER Number:MDV14141
Name:East Bottle Hill Mine


East Bottle Hill Mine also known as Wheal Woollcombe with a record of tin and copper mining in the 16th and 17th centuries and closure in 1875


Grid Reference:SX 566 586
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX55NE/77

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XV to XIX - 1500 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Not visible on 1946 aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX55NE8 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV344206.

East Bottle Hill Mine, alias Wheal Woollcombe; tin and copper mine separated from Bottle Hill Mine by Smallhanger Brook. Record of tinworking in 1582, 1625 and 1654.
Shaft still visible at SX56705867, and one marked nearby on a map of 1832. Remains of a wheelpit occur at SX56705865 which was operating circa 1867. Its output is unknown, and operations ceased in 1875. (Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, August 1979, Edwards, C.)

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 24 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Wheal Woolcombe or East Bottle Hill had a 60 foot (18.3 metres) waterwheel in 1867. Other details: Site 67.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 24.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV344206Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX55NE8. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV1795Related to: Bottle Hill Mine, Sparkwell (Monument)
MDV1799Related to: Hemerdon Mine (Monument)
MDV126219Related to: Mound south of the Smallhanger Brook, Sparkwell (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 31 2019 3:26PM