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HER Number:MDV24813
Name:Trial pits on Erme Pits Hill, Cornwood


Scattered line of trial pits extending south-east from openwork to the north-east (MDV24812)


Grid Reference:SX 624 664
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/136/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRIAL PIT (Constructed, XV to Post Medieval - 1401 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4278 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Photograph taken on 10th December 1946.

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

Scattered line of trial pits extending south-east from openwork to the north-east.

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

Three areas of activity shown on survey.

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

A small, open, lode tin work and several trial pits on the sloping ground to the west of Erme Pits. The openwork is approximately 120 metres long east to west and comprises a series of conjoined pits of up to 4 metres deep, with a linear spoil heap on the eastern side. Two shallow linear gullies, extending down the slope to the north, would have served to drain the pits when working. To the east of the main working, scattered smaller tin pits and a shallow linear gully represent further tin prospecting. These tinworks are most likely to be of post-medieval date.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4278.
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.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117216 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV122891Related to: Tinners' building west of Erme Pits, Cornwood (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Apr 23 2020 2:20PM