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HER Number:MDV16238
Name:Heckwood Quarry, Whitchurch


Granite quarried here for building stone; supplied to Plymouth and used for breakwaters. Depicted on later historic maps (1950s onwards) but is said to have been in use in the 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 544 738
Map Sheet:SX57SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWhitchurch
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SW/55

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GRANITE QUARRY (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1875, The Economic Geology of Devon, 214 (Article in Serial). SDV24522.

Heckwood Quarry. Granite quarried here for building stone.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 3158 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

Ordnance Survey, 1953-1969, 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial (Cartographic). SDV352727.

'Heckwood Quarry (granite)' shown on the mid-20th century historic map (1954).

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 84 (Monograph). SDV149229.

19th century quarrying enterprise at Heckwood (SX545738), from which stone was supplied for the Plymouth breakwater; this was transported over the canal from Tavistock to Morwellham and then shipped down the Tamar.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Quarry is visible on 1947 aerial photograph. Recorded on map overlay.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Heckwood Quarry (disused)' shown on modern map. Further area of working to the north-west at SX 54277 73952 may also be related.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 84.
SDV24522Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1875. The Economic Geology of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 7. Digital. 214.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3158.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV352727Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1953-1969. 1953-1969 National Grid OS A edition imperial. Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81759 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 5 2018 4:37PM