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HER Number:MDV17240
Name:Streamworks on River Taw on Metheral Hill


Extensive area of tin working on both sides of the River Taw at Taw Marsh. Historic documents from the late 15th-late 16th century mention Chagford tinners exploiting the area.


Grid Reference:SX 618 903
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of an extensive area of medieval or later tin working on both sides of the River Taw at Taw Marsh as well as Taw Marsh Bronze Age reave on South Tawton Common

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/64
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STREAMWORKS (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV253381.

Des=griffith, f. M. /as above.

Griffith, F. M., Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV677.

Vis=25/7/1982(griffith) extensive signs of a tin working visible from opposite hill. Spoilheaps and general scatters of stone waste.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G TUD UK 138, 5438 (Aerial Photograph). SDV217995.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2082, 3379-80 (Aerial Photograph). SDV295065.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

This is an area of extensive tin working visible on the River Tw on the 1940s aerial photographs. Streamworks are visible with spoilheaps around SX61809015. Streamworks visible on both banks at SX6190 9140.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1985, Steeperton Tor Tin Mine, Dartmoor, 103 (Article in Serial). SDV310154.

Numerous references from 1487-1596 to Chagford tinners exploiting Taw Marsh (citing Devon Record Office documents).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV217995Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G TUD UK 138. Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5438.
SDV253381Migrated Record:
SDV295065Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2082. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3379-80.
SDV310154Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1985. Steeperton Tor Tin Mine, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 117. 103.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV677Report - Survey: Griffith, F. M..

Associated Monuments

MDV128742Related to: Circular shelter close to enclosure, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV103566Related to: Enclosure north-east of Steeperton Gorge (Monument)
MDV27468Related to: Streamworks along Small Brook, South Tawton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2020 4:21PM