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HER Number:MDV2223
Name:Lopez Mine


Lopez mine. Plan. Maristow estate office, roborough. Copper.


Grid Reference:SX 515 634
Map Sheet:SX56SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBickleigh (SH)
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBICKLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SW/30

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Hamilton Jenkin, Dr. A. K., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148682.

Until the early 1960's the shaft in vicarage wood was open to an adit on the east of the stream, the wheel pit and ruined buildings are still visible.(hamilton jenkin).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158379.

Ramsden, j. V. /tda/84(1952)97 fig.1/notes on the mines of devonshire.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158380.

Mining journal/(1837),(1844 - 1866).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158381.

H. M. Stationery office/abandoned mines/(1929).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158382.

Collins, j. H. /observations on west of england mining region/(1912).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158383.

Memoirs geological survey/349 ivybridge/(1901).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158384.

Spargo/mines of cornwall and devon/(1864).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158385.

Wood/map of dartmoor/(1850).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158386.

Harris, h. /industrial archaeology of dartmoor/(1968)186.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158387.

Hamilton jenkin, a. K. /mines of devon/vol 1(1974)119.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158388.

Dines, h. G. /the metalliferous mining region of south west england/(1956).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV158389.

Des=gray, v. /parish checklist.

HARRIS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV22166.

Lopez mine. Plan. Maristow estate office, roborough. Copper. Mine also called wheal lopes, situated in hele bottom woods, produced about 20 tons of copper a month in the 1840's. The old shaft and workings which remain are in let land (harris).

Dines, H. G., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265453.

Shown on os 6" 1859 map, and os 6" 1952. A copper lode coursing east, 10 deg south and underlying 20 deg north crosses a north south valley 1 1/2 miles west of shaugh prior and has been worked by six shafts (dines).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV26818.

Not visible 1946 raf verticals (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3506.

Mine also called bickleigh mine. There are various records dealing with the condition of the mine as well as costs. See worksheet for 19th century documentary references (checklist). Vis=16/2/1983 (gray). On the east side of the hele bottom a stone lined shaft and two rectangular areas joined by a stone lined channel are situated. There are the possible remains of a stamping mill near the road and the remains of two other buildings south west of this. There is also, the remains of an adit exit to the south but all are in plantations. Further shafts are situated on the west side of the road (gray).

Knight, S., 2010, Darklake, South Hams Forestry Site Visit (Personal Comment). SDV345950.

Openworks are fenced off by Forestry Commission. Felling of surrounding trees due by spring 2011.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148682Migrated Record: Hamilton Jenkin, Dr. A. K..
SDV158379Migrated Record:
SDV158380Migrated Record:
SDV158381Migrated Record:
SDV158382Migrated Record:
SDV158383Migrated Record:
SDV158384Migrated Record:
SDV158385Migrated Record:
SDV158386Migrated Record:
SDV158387Migrated Record:
SDV158388Migrated Record:
SDV158389Migrated Record:
SDV22166Migrated Record: HARRIS.
SDV265453Migrated Record: Dines, H. G..
SDV26818Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV345950Personal Comment: Knight, S.. 2010. Darklake, South Hams Forestry Site Visit. Not Applicable.
SDV3506Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV127056Parent of: Mine shaft within Hele Bottom, Bickleigh (Monument)
MDV127061Parent of: Possible mine shafts at Wheal Lopes mine within Hele Wood, Bickleigh (Monument)
MDV28725Related to: Wheal Lopes Mine Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 6 2019 12:55PM