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HER Number:MDV25104
Name:Trial pits on Walkhampton Common

Summary

Several groups of tin pits and two water channels on the north-east slopes of Hingston Hill. The pits are mostly grouped in alignments which have a predominantly south-west to north-east orientation though some run north to south while others are clustered or scattered. Two narrow water channels run down the steep lower slopes of the hill.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 590 696
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Extensive earthwork and structural remains of the late 18th century Devonport Leat, Bronze Age features north-east of Nun’s Cross, Whiteworks Tin Mine and other tinning remains on Walkhampton Common as well as earthworks of Bachelors Hall Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1446239
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/435
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRIAL PIT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • WATER CHANNEL (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1982, NMR SF2112 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345548.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Three lines of north-east, south-west oriented trial pits visible on the aerial photograph. Limits of lines:
1) SX59006960 to SX59386983
2) SX59006953 to SX59226964
3) SX59226960 to SX59456969


Newman , P., 2006, Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV233640.

Several groups of tin pits and two water channels on the north-east slopes of Hingston Hill. The pits are mostly grouped in alignments which have a predominantly south-west to north-east orientation though some run north to south while others are clustered or scattered. They are approximately circular in plan, the diameter varies between 2 metres and 5 metres. The interiors are silted and the depths are between 0 metres (when silted) and 2.5 metres. Each has crescentic collar of spoil on the downslope side of up to 1.5 metres high. Two narrow water channels run down the steep lower slopes of the hill at SX 5916 7973 and SX 5905 7977. They are up to 6.5 metres wide by approximately 2 metres deep and may have been used as water diversion channels or a simple method of prospecting. The pits and channels are likely to be post-medieval in date.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233640Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2006. Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation. English Heritage. [Mapped feature: #84929 ]
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345548Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1982. NMR SF2112. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV3375Related to: Cairn 170 metres north-east of Down Tor Stone Row, Walkhampton Common (Monument)
MDV3435Related to: ENCLOSURE in the Parish of Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:Jun 12 2018 4:18PM