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HER Number:MDV1795
Name:Bottle Hill Mine, Sparkwell


Bottle Hill Mine, dates from 1527.


Grid Reference:SX 563 586
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438403
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX55NE/12

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XVI to XIX - 1501 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149214.

Harris, h. /industrial archaeology of dartmoor/(1968)55,61.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149215.

Edwards, c. /dcra/aug(1979)14-17.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149216.

Turton, s. D. + weddell, p. J. /an archaeological assessment of the south devon spine main (roborough to littlehempston)/(1989)9/(emafu report 89.15)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149217.

Gilbertson, d. + collis, j. /landscape history/7(1985)58/linear banks on crownhill down, dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149218.

Des=edwards, c. /an archaeological survey of an area surrounding hamerdon ball/(1979)14.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149219.

Nance, r. W. M. + nance, r. D. /a survey of engine houses on the mines of south devon, in p. Newman (ed) the archaeology of mining and metallurgy in south-west britain/(1996)109-122/copy in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149220.

Des=greeves, t. /an assessment of dartmoor tin working/(1990)27/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149221.

Richardson, p. H. G. /british mining/44(1992)138/mines of dartmoor and the tamar valley after 1913.

Ramsden, J. V., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV38544.

B27 bottle hill, plympton. Tin and copper (ramsden).

OS CITING HARRIS AND EDWARDS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149211.

Documentary evidence dates from 1527. In the mid 19th century it produced 640 tons of black tin, although its principal product was copper, yielding 2000 tons. A number of shafts are still extant; the most prominent feature is the old chimney stack (sx56475880) connected by a flue to the calcining ovens in the valley on the east side. Mine taken over by beta mining syndicate in 1896; subsequent history unknown (os citing harris and edwards).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149212.

Ramsden, j. V. /tda/84(1952)90 fig.1/notes on the mines of devonshire.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX55NE7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV149213.

Bottle Hill Tin Mine (Disused). (OS 6" 1968)

Documentary evidence of Bottle Hill Mine dates from 1527, and in the middle year of the 19th century it produced 640 tons of black tin, although its principle product was copper, of which it yielded 1000 tons. A number of shafts are still extant, as are the remains of some buildings, but the most prominent feature is the old chimney stack which connected by a flue to the calcining ovens in the valley on the east side . The "Old Bottle Hill Leat" which served the mine can still be traced from the Tory Brook. Nothing is known of the history of the min after its take-over by the Beta Mining syndicate in 1896. (Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor 1968, 55, 61 Harris, H.; Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology, August 1979 14-17, Edwards, C.)

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149212Migrated Record:
SDV149213Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX55NE7. OSAD Card. Card Index + Digital.
SDV149214Migrated Record:
SDV149215Migrated Record:
SDV149216Migrated Record:
SDV149217Migrated Record:
SDV149218Migrated Record:
SDV149219Migrated Record:
SDV149220Migrated Record:
SDV149221Migrated Record:
SDV38544Migrated Record: Ramsden, J. V..

Associated Monuments

MDV25240Parent of: Hitchins shaft, Bottle Hill Mine, Sparkwell (Monument)
MDV126225Parent of: Mine Shaft on Bottle Hill (Monument)
MDV126235Parent of: Mound, Bottle Hill Mine, Sparkwell (Monument)
MDV47979Parent of: Rowe's Shaft on Bottle Hill (Monument)
MDV14141Related to: East Bottle Hill Mine (Monument)
MDV1799Related to: Hemerdon Mine (Monument)
MDV26721Related to: Medieval Leat on west side of Crownhill Down (Monument)
MDV14140Related to: Old Bottle Hill Leat on Crownhill Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 15 2019 4:31PM