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HER Number:MDV16981
Name:Stormsdown Mine, Ashburton


Stormsdown Mine, a tin and arsnic mine adjoins Owlacombe to the south and was taken over in 1906 with Owlacombe. May have been worked much earlier.


Grid Reference:SX 769 729
Map Sheet:SX77SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SE/48

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XVII to XX - 1689 AD to 1912 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Old shaft' marked on early 20th century Ordnance Survey map at SX7673573065.

1908, Untitled Source (Photograph). SDV348141.

Photograph, taken in approximately 1908, of the pumping engine at Stormsdown. (Copyright John Wellington) Other details: Scanned version of paper record in parish file at DCC.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 1376 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, Appendix to unpublished dissertation "Devon Tinworks 1450-1750" (Un-published). SDV299688.

There is a documentary reference to tin mining at Stormsdown in 1689 (Greeves citing Devon Record Office). Other details: Number 720.

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

Shaft visible at SX76747307.

Hamilton Jenkin, Dr. A. K., 2005, Mines of Devon, 123-4 (Monograph). SDV282410.

Stormsdown Mine, a tin and arsnic mine adjoins Owlacombe to the south and was taken over in 1906 with Owlacombe and of the three known lodes of Stormsdown, working was confined to the southern lode, which was served by a branch of the Owlacombe adit. The main Stormsdown shaft lay on the 180 meter contour, a quarter mile north-east of Owlacombe Cross (at SX7696672952). The lode was patchy and is thought to have yielded little more than 10lb of black tin to the ton. An estimated 11,000 tons of ore was left standing underground when working was abandoned in 1912.
Little or nothing is known of the other two lodes to the south. The ore was conveyed to a site near Owlacombe Bridge to where water was available by tramway, the route of which is still traceable in the woodlands. The remains of the stamps and buddles can still be seen here with the remains of the calciner, the stack of which was demolished in 1973.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Shaft (disused)' and remains of some buildings marked on the modern mapping at SX7696972944. Further 'shaft' depicted at SX7704672843. No indication of the shaft to the north-west of the main shaft.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1376.
SDV282410Monograph: Hamilton Jenkin, Dr. A. K.. 2005. Mines of Devon. Mines of Devon. Paperback Volume. 123-4.
SDV299688Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. Appendix to unpublished dissertation "Devon Tinworks 1450-1750". A4 Unbound.
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.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #81953 ]
SDV348141Photograph: 1908. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV107880Related to: Owlacombe Farmstead, Ashburton (Monument)
MDV8190Related to: Owlacombe Mine, Ashburton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 19 2014 1:00PM