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HER Number:MDV21250
Name:Possible tin Streamworks within Staplehill Copse, Iisington and Newton Abbot

Summary

A series of sinuous and irregularly shaped banks, pits and incised channels interpreted as evidence of a possible medieval or post-medieval tin streamworks is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs taken in 1969 and on digital images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017, within Staplehill Copse, Iisington and Newton Abbot.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 824 739
Map Sheet:SX87SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIlsington
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHIGHWEEK
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SW/89

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, Unknown (Migrated Record). SDV1416.

Tinworks, higher staplehill. Area north of higher staplehill described as "old tin work" and "old tin pit" on map of 1757.(dro).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV297500.

Dro/1508 m devon/maps:highweek/a1(1757).

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Earthworks are shown in this location.

Ordnance Survey, 1969, OS/69296, OS/69296 V 118-119 29-JUN-1969 (Aerial Photograph). SDV361475.

A series of earthwork banks, pits and incised channels is visible.

Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX8273; SX8274 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

A series of earthwork banks, pits and incised channels is visible.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M) (Interpretation). SDV361305.

A series of earthworks is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1969 and digital images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017, within Staplehill Copse, Iisington and Newton Abbot. The visible earthworks occupy an area of circa 12.7 hectares and are aligned northeast to southwest along the interface between the steep northeast facing slopes of Tavy Formation Slate and the more moderate slopes of Bovey Formation Sand, Silt and Clay. The earthworks are characterised by sinuous, incised channels, up to 15m wide, which are interspersed with numerous irregularly shaped pit and banked features. More substantial banks are visible along the northern edge of the main ditched channel at circa SX82497389. On the gentler slopes to the northeast are visible a series of parallel linear banks up to 5m wide which are in places flanked by narrow linear and sinuous ditches. The banks and ditches partly correspond with earthworks shown in this location on the Ordnance Survey First Edition map of the late 19th century, as well as with earthworks labelled as ‘Sand Pit’ (MDV52004 & MDV21191). The earthworks are interpreted as the water channels, cuttings and associated spoil heaps of a possible medieval or post-medieval tin streamworks which bear a number of similarities with other better studied tin working sites recorded in the area, such as at Gavrick Copse and Pitt’s Plantation (MDV61846). Further investigation is highly recommended to help establish more fully the nature and extent of the earthworks.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1416Migrated Record: Unknown. Unknown. Devon Record Office Collection. Unknown.
SDV297500Migrated Record:
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX8273; SX8274 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017. [Mapped feature: #114043 ]
SDV361475Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1969. OS/69296. Ordnance Survey. Photograph (Paper). OS/69296 V 118-119 29-JUN-1969.

Associated Monuments

MDV21191Related to: SAND PIT in the Parish of Ilsington (Monument)
MDV52004Related to: SAND PIT in the Parish of Ilsington (Monument)
MDV61846Related to: Tin Workings, Bovey Heathfield. (Monument)
MDV9162Related to: Tin works, Ash Hill Copse, Newton Abbot (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Apr 16 2020 4:10PM