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HER Number:MDV25213
Name:Streamworking on the southern side of Halshanger Common

Summary

Remains of alluvial streamworks occupying a large area around the head of the River Ashburn. The area is fast being encroached by mire but the earthwork perimeters of the streamworks were very clear to be seen on 1946 aerial photos. The upper western section can still be seen, however, and has clear sloping edges and an array of waste heaps. The date of the streamworks is unknown but documentary evidence suggests the date range of Dartmoor streamworking generally to be between the 12th and 19th centuries with many probably of 16th century date when the industry was at its most prosperous in Devon.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 744 740
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/193

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STREAMWORKS (Early Medieval to XIX - 1066 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 1319 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.


Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Streamworking visible on the aerial photographs.


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

Area of streamworking with extensive spoilheaps covering about 7 hectares.


Bruce, B., 2003, Ruddycleave: Blackslade Water Survey, 15 (Article in Serial). SDV293267.

A survey of the streamwork on Buckland Common near Dry Bridge was started at SX739-746- by Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group members in 2002.


Newman, P., 2013, An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon, 10-11, Table 1 (Report - Assessment). SDV356396.

Remains of alluvial streamworks occupying a large area around the head of the River Ashburn. The area is fast being encroached by mire but the earthwork perimeters of the streamworks were very clear to be seen on 1946 aerial photos. The upper western section can still be seen, however, and has clear sloping edges and an array of waste heaps. The date of the streamworks is unknown but documentary evidence suggests the date range of Dartmoor streamworking generally to be between the 12th and 19th centuries with many probably of 16th century date when the industry was at its most prosperous in Devon.


Newman, P., 2013, Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed (Report - Survey). SDV351113.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 52 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Tin streamwork on the southern side of Halshanger Common
The upper section of a tin streamworks on Halsanger Common which follows the north-western tributary of the Ashburn. Much of this is now obscured by mire but the upper, western 250 metre-long section has clear sloping edges and an array of waste heaps contained within. Condition Declining. SX74391 74126.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1319.
SDV293267Article in Serial: Bruce, B.. 2003. Ruddycleave: Blackslade Water Survey. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 24. Unknown. 15.
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.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV351113Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2013. Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed. Digital.
SDV356396Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2013. An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Bound + Digital. 10-11, Table 1.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 52. [Mapped feature: #84980 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV25212Related to: Hedge bank on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV25164Related to: Small Openwork on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV25830Related to: Streamworks on the Langworthy Brook, Ashburton (Monument)
MDV113189Related to: Tin prospecting pits on Halsanger Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6433 - Assessment of Halsanger Common, Horridge Common and Rippon Tor
  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 15 2016 3:10PM