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HER Number:MDV15295
Name:'The Smithy', Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior


'Smithy' shown as a small rectangular building on 19th century and later maps to the north-east of Prehistoric Enclosure © within Trowlesworthy Warren


Grid Reference:SX 573 645
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/240

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BLACKSMITHS WORKSHOP (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Smithy'shown on 19th century map as a small rectanguler building to the north-west of a Prehistoric settlement on Trowlesworthy Warren with a track to the north-west

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

Rectangular building with a central partition shown on early 20th century map to the north-west of a Prehistoric 'Enclosure'.

Haynes, R. G., 1966-1969, Ruined Sites on Dartmoor, 139-40 (Un-published). SDV150434.

Site visited on 14th October 1966 . Very scattered ruins of the smithy and quarry workers dormitory. Worked by John Freeman Sons and Co. of Penryn until the 1880's. Demolished by local farmer to build his shippen.

Price, D. G., 1977, Settlement at Trowlesworthy Warren, 49 (Article in Serial). SDV150433.

Small rectangular structure called "The Smithy" on the 1866 map, on Trowlesworthy Warren. Still clearly visible though in ruins. According to the last warrener it was a combined smithy and dormitory for the men working the Little Trowlesworthy Tor Quarry. Dismantled in the 1880s when the quarry closed.

Price, D. G., 1980, The Moorland Plym, 81-93 (Article in Serial). SDV254604.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 156, Figure 51.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

'Ruined Foundations' shown to the north-west of Prehistoric Emclosure C. The substantial heap of rubble covers the foundations of a building possibly associated with the quarry on the summit of the Tor.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 87, 102. 367 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

'The Smithy' a two compartment structure which may have been the smithy and dormitory for workers at Little Trowlesworthy quarry until the 1880s. The central dividing wall is the most complete standing to 2 metres high with some coursed masonry which may have been a gable wall. A gap in the east side of the northern compartment may have been an entrance. Northern compartment 4.5 by 3.9 metres and southern compartment 9.2 by 6.6n metres with walls up to 2 metres high.

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

Rubble spread visible on aerial photograph with southern wall quite clear.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Feature shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 156, Figure 51.1.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 87, 102. 367.
SDV150433Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1977. Settlement at Trowlesworthy Warren. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 109. 49.
SDV150434Un-published: Haynes, R. G.. 1966-1969. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Ruined Sites on Dartmoor. Manuscript + Digital. 139-40.
SDV254604Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1980. The Moorland Plym. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 112. 81-93.
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).
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #116976 ]
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV2532Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (C) within Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV15296Related to: Ruined Medieval Building in Prehistoric Enclosure (E) at Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon

Date Last Edited:May 3 2019 11:33AM