HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.

HER Number:MDV24735
Name:Streamworks along the River Mardle at Chalk Ford, Buckfastleigh


Streamworks along the River Mardle between Brimble Ford and the confluence with Snowdon Brook including an extensive area at Chalk Ford


Grid Reference:SX 681 682
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Fragmentary earthworks and walling of Bronze Age enclosures, hut circles and reaves and later streamworking to the south of Snowdon Brook

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/193
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1457, 405 (Aerial Photograph). SDV172921.

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

Streamwork visible on aerial photographs along both banks of River Mardle to SX68506805 with a gap at SX68256825. Extensive linear spoilheaps on south bank around SX683681.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Visible on the lidar data. Also extends along Snowdon Brook.

Newman, P., 2019, An Archaeological Earthwork Survey of Tinworks along the River Mardle, Dartmoor National Park Devon, Appendix, Figure 2 & 3 (Report - Survey). SDV363608.

Tinworks along the lower moorland section of the River Mardle. Between Brimble Ford and the confluence with Snowdon Brook only three minor patches of very overgrown tinworks survive, comprising narrow strips of land on either side of the river containing exposed stony mounds. Southeast of the Snowdon Brook, is the Chalk Ford streamwork a larger area of remains extending for 4.3 hectares across both sides of the River. The limit of the tinwork’s main working area is well defined by a scarp of between 2 metres and 5 metres deep running around most of the perimeter. The interior working area contains the usual evidence of low, turf-covered linear spoil heaps and silted channels. This tinwork has not been dated but where available, documentation for tinworks elsewhere on Dartmoor would suggest a likely operational date between the 12th and 17th centuries.

Newman, P., 2019, Survey data of tinworks along the River Mardle (GIS) (Cartographic). SDV363710.

Area of the streamworks accurately mapped during the 2019 earthwork survey of the Mardle catchment area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV172921Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 405.
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.
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV128532Related to: Clusters of tin pits around Mardle Head, Holne & Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV24748Related to: Earthwork bank on north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV126038Related to: Hut circle 150 metres west of Chalk Ford, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV24782Related to: Leat on Hickaton Hill (Monument)
MDV5216Related to: Settlement north of Snowdon Brook (Monument)
MDV126039Related to: Tinworks along the Snowdon Brook, Buckfastleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8290 - Survey of tinworks along the River Mardle

Date Last Edited:Jun 17 2020 1:40PM