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HER Number:MDV20839
Name:Tinners' building in streamworks east of Ducks Pool Stream

Summary

A ruined rectangular building located within the large area of tin streamworks on the east side of Duck’s Pool Stream, 130 metres above its junction with Blacklane Brook, is a possible tinners’ building, or lodge, for which a post-medieval date may be assumed, though it could possibly be earlier. The roughly coursed stone walls are tumbled and spread but measure approximately 0.7 metres thick and survive to an average of 0.5 metres high. The internal dimensions are 2.3 metres by 3.8 metres. The position of the entrance is unclear.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 629 676
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural and earthwork remains of Medieval or later tin streamworks on the River Erme and its tributaries, Blacklane Brook, Dry Lake and Red Lake, as well as blowing houses and tinners buildings and possible prehistoric enclosures at Wollake

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW1
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/14/2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/89
  • Pastscape: 441565

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIN MILL? (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • TINNERS HUT (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 347 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Worth, R. H., 1933, Blowing Houses in the Valleys of the Sheepstor Brook, the Meavy, the Erme and the Avon, 316 (Article in Serial). SDV235818.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66NW1, Plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV222749.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66NW1, SX66NW1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV222749.

(20/8/1977). Small rectangular building, 3.7 metres by 2.3 metres internally, on east bank of stream 30 metres north of the blowing house. Walls 0.7 metres thick, of coursed small boulders with protecting banks on south and west sides, are in fair condition. Doorway 0.8 metres wide in east wall, at north-east angle. Probably a tinners hut.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, List of Doubtful Devon Tin Mills c1450-c1750, No 16 (Un-published). SDV336693.

Possible tin mill on left bank of Ducks Pool Stream. Marked on Ordnance Survey 6" map of 1968 as "Blowing House" but there is no evidence to support this status.

Probert, S. A. J., 1994, Survey visit (Report - Survey). SDV363285.

(10/11/1994) Centred SX 6295 6766. The remains of a blowing house and two tinners huts flank the right bank tributary of the Blacklane Brook.
The tinners huts at SX 62952 67648 and SX 62949 67675 are in a better state of preservation and remain as described by the Ordnance Survey (1977).
A small crudely constructed shelter lies at SX 62957 67690 immediately to the north of these features.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Building shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A ruined rectangular building located within the large area of tin streamworks on the east side of Duck’s Pool Stream, 130 metres above its junction with Blacklane Brook, is a possible tinners’ building, or lodge, for which a post-medieval date may be assumed, though it could possibly be earlier. The roughly coursed stone walls are tumbled and spread but measure approximately 0.7 metres thick and survive to an average of 0.5 metres high. The internal dimensions are 2.3 metres by 3.8 metres. The position of the entrance is unclear.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV222749Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66NW1. SX66NW1. Plan.
SDV235818Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1933. Blowing Houses in the Valleys of the Sheepstor Brook, the Meavy, the Erme and the Avon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 65. Unknown. 316.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 347.
SDV336693Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. List of Doubtful Devon Tin Mills c1450-c1750. Unknown. No 16.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #125535 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5160Related to: Erme Pits Hill, Blacklane Mire, Middle Mire and Red Lake streamworks (Monument)
MDV24815Related to: Large area of openwork around Ducks' Pool, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54857Related to: One of two tinners' buildings east of Ducks Pool Stream, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV5089Related to: Tin mill on Duck's Pool Stream, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:May 5 2020 3:51PM