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HER Number:MDV24806
Name:Remains of a building at Redlake clay pit, Dartmoor Forest


Remains of an industrial building visible on aerial photgraphs at Redlake clay pit


Grid Reference:SX 646 668
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of the early 20th century China Clay works at Redlake Mine and the associated railway, as well as prehistoric remains on Ugborough Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/125/4
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • INDUSTRIAL BUILDING (Built, XIX to Mid 20th Century - 1899 AD? to 1949 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monument Record, 1969, NMR SX6468 (Aerial Photograph). SDV226078.

Photograph taken on 12th April 1969.

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

Deserted building visible on aerial photograph and recorded.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Remains of the building visible on aerial photograph.

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

Parts of the building shown on the survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, Figures 47 & 49 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

The engine/boiler house at Redlake clay pit (MDV 107445) was the most substantial building at the clay works, constructed from stone, brick and re-enforced concrete. After abandonment demolition was very thorough, probably using explosives, though no attempt was made to remove the rubble. Only vestiges of the wall base survive from which its internal footprint can be established at 13.7 metres by approximately 13.7 metres. Two large square iron fittings, one with door hinges remain in situ. A substantial concrete base, on the north-west exterior of the builing has four 1.5 metre long vertical threaded studs in situ and was the base for a large piece of machinery associated with pumping water from the pit.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UE-2 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(12/01/2019) Recorded by volunteer condition assessor. Site known well. Condition assessed as very good. The monument is substantially rubble with some visible evidence of the concrete, brick, iron structures that remain within the rubble as originally constructed.
There are signs that some of the smaller rubble has been moved by human activity. Bricks and concreted stone can be found dotted around the site, used as windbreaks for camping fires etc. There is also some visible vegetation encroachment onto the monument (lichen, moss, fine grass, etc.)

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photographs taken in January 2019.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV226078Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1969. NMR SX6468. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #125318 ]
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UE-2.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV107445Part of: Redlake China Clay works, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV25061Related to: Building at Red Lake Clay Works, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV25058Related to: Claypit at Red Lake China Clay Works, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV122902Related to: Demolished buildings at Redlake Clay Works, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV122901Related to: Remains of winding house at Redlake, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV25060Related to: Spoilheap at Red Lake China Clay Works, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV3138Related to: The Redlake China Clay Railway, Harford & Dratmoor Forest Parishes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Nov 23 2020 2:15PM