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HER Number:MDV25115
Name:Tin pits and opencast workings 800 metres north of Plym Head


Earthworks of medieval or later tin pits and opencast workings situated on the right bank of the River Plym, 800 metres north of Plym Head. The pits have diameters between 3 metres and 5 metres. The opencast workings measure between 7 metres and 10 metres in width, have a maximum length of 50 metres and depth of 1.6 metres.


Grid Reference:SX 613 686
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 66 NW 79
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/176
  • Pastscape: 1063524

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRIAL PIT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 2363 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

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

Group of trial pits visible.

English Heritage, 2005, Industrial Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV346396.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape (Website). SDV359354.

Centred SX 61376867. An amorphous cluster of tin pits and opencast workings in a marshy declivity on the right bank of the River Plym 800 metres north-west of Plym Head.
The pits are all relatively small with diameters in the range 3.0 to 5.0 metres. The generally linear opencast workings measure between 7.0 metres and 10.0 metres wide and are a maximum of 50 metres long. They are flanked by spoil heaps and are about 1.6 metres deep (Probert, S. A. J., 11-NOV-1994 Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2363.
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.
SDV346396Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Industrial Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84933 ]
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV25116Related to: Line of trial pits on the bank of the River Plym east of Eylesbarrow (Monument)
MDV102715Related to: Probable tinners' building, River Plym (Building)
MDV5076Related to: The Abbot's Way, Dartmoor (Monument)
MDV64747Related to: Track from Eylesbarrow Tin Mine to Wheal Katherine Tin Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 23 2016 2:56PM