HeritageGateway - Home
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:MDV1667
Name:East Chillaton Manganese Mine, Bowden Down, Brentor


Remains of East Chillaton Manganese Mine on Bowden Down.


Grid Reference:SX 465 819
Map Sheet:SX48SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBrentor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRENTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX48SE/11

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'East Chillaton Mine (Manganese)' marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map on 'Bowden Down'. A number of shafts are marked on the map.

Reid, C., 1911, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV342321.

Collins, J. H., 1912, Observations on the West of England Mining Region (Monograph). SDV323594.

H. M. Stationary Office, 1929, Abandoned Mines (Monograph). SDV215700.

Ramsden, J. V., 1952, Notes on the Mines of Devonshire, 90 (Article in Serial). SDV60737.

Manganese mine on Bowden Hill. Other details: Fig. 1.

Ordnance Survey, 1964, SX48SE (Cartographic). SDV342322.

'Old Shafts' marked on 1964 Ordnance Survey map.

Russell, P. M. G., 1968-1970, Manganese Mining in Devon, 211-212 (Article in Serial). SDV294881.

Widespread mining activity on Bowden Down.

Richardson, P. H. G., 1992, The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913, 129-130 (Article in Serial). SDV323598.

Also known as East Chillaton.

Knight, S., 2009, Westcott Farm (Personal Comment). SDV342323.

Numerous earthwork features in the southern part of the field which are related to mining activity at East Chillaton Manganese Mine. The area is shown as pitted on the 1940s Royal Air Force aerial photographs and is recorded as active in 1942, presumably as part of the war effort. It was worked for ochre in 1968. While most evidence suggests openwork pits, there are shafts in the adjacent land parcels so it is possible that there are below ground workings. The most arresting feature is at the top of the hill, how partly obscured by scrub, comprising parallel curvilinear earthwork banks with 'spokes' between. Removal of scrub and debris may reveal more detail. Other details: Photos.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV215700Monograph: H. M. Stationary Office. 1929. Abandoned Mines. Abandoned Mines. Unknown.
SDV294881Article in Serial: Russell, P. M. G.. 1968-1970. Manganese Mining in Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 31. Unknown. 211-212.
SDV323594Monograph: Collins, J. H.. 1912. Observations on the West of England Mining Region. Observations on the West of England Mining Region. Unknown.
SDV323598Article in Serial: Richardson, P. H. G.. 1992. The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913. British Mining. 44. A5 Paperback. 129-130.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV342321Monograph: Reid, C.. 1911. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain. The Geology of the Count. Unknown.
SDV342322Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1964. SX48SE. Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 Map. Map (Paper).
SDV342323Personal Comment: Knight, S.. 2009. Westcott Farm. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV60737Article in Serial: Ramsden, J. V.. 1952. Notes on the Mines of Devonshire. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 84. A5 Hardback. 90.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4502 - Site Visit to Westcott Farm

Date Last Edited:May 22 2009 11:46AM