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HER Number:MDV19555
Name:Infilled mine shaft on Merripit Hill


On the summit of Merripit Hill is a preminent mound representing an infilled mine shaft enclosed by debris.


Grid Reference:SX 657 804
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE104
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443915
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/175

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIRCULAR ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Unknown date)
  • SPOIL HEAP (Constructed, Unknown date)
  • MINE SHAFT (Constructed, Post Medieval - 1540 AD (Between) to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277059.

Des=worksheet. Vis=20/10/1982 (greeves) possible post-medieval mine shaft close to highest point of merripit hill, within little stannon newtake (worksheet).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277060.

Des=dnp survey drawing 1:10560/(-/10/1982)/in parish file.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV277061.

Aph=raf cpe uk 1995/4362(13/4/1947).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV277064.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 179/197 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

SX 65758044 "Cairn" with hollow at centre believed to be industrial spoil heap. Diameter 13m, height 0.9m. Visited June 1976.

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

Two shafts are visible and recorded.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(09/02/1989) At SX 6574 8042, on the summit of Merripit Hill, is a preminent mound representing an infilled mine shaft enclosed by debris. The shaft area is now level and about 4.5m in diameter. Apart from a gap in the S.W. it is encircled by a bank of upcast 4.5m to 5.2m wide and up to 1.5m high. The whole is grass covered.
About 30m. to the E, at SX 65778042, the outline of a circular feature is just traceable in heather.
Approximately 11m. in diameter it is primarily visible on the eastern half as a bank 1.2m. wide and barely 0.2m. high.
Its proximity to the shaft suggests a contemporary and associated work of uncertain purpose though the possibility of a prehistoric ringwork cannot be entirely discounted.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 179/197.
SDV277059Migrated Record:
SDV277060Migrated Record:
SDV277061Aerial Photograph:
SDV277064Migrated Record:
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.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. Probert.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8649 - Little Stannon Newtake, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 27 2022 3:38PM