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HER Number:MDV26025
Name:Streamworks east of Whiteworks Mine


Medieval and later streamworks and openworks along the River Swincombe.


Grid Reference:SX 624 712
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling remains of a Bronze Age settlements north-west of Fox Tor Farm, as well as medieval or later streamworking, open cuts and tinners' buildings

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SW 108
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/241
  • Pastscape: 910357
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV256555.

Streamwork, with spoilheaps, visible and recorded along the banks of the river swincombe (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV256557.

Aph=raf cpe uk 2149/3430(11/6/1947).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV256558.

Greeves, t. /an assessment of dartmoor tin working/(1990)19/in smr.

Greeves, T. A. P., Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV69961.

Streamwork closely associated with a tinners' building which contains a unique datestone of 1753; therefore likely to be of mid 18c date (greeves).

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

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

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

The remains extend south from Fox Tor Mires along the courses of Swincombe Stream, Tor Girt Stream and Fox Tor Stream and Swincombe valley. Streamworking debris litters the adjacent plains and characteristic parallel banks of upcast gravel are visible at SX 62387037. South of Fox Tor newtake wall (SX 66 NW 65) the hillside steepens and deep openworks extend to Swincombe Head and Nakers Hill. (Hamilton Jenkins, A. K., Mines of Devon Volume 1 1974, 90-3)
There is litle doubt of a medieval origin to the streamworks. Hamilton Jenkin (1974) notes that the area of Fox Tor Mires had been worked for centuries (Nun's Cross Mine, a little to the W, is recorded in 1343). Greeves (Greeves, T. A. P., The Devon Tin Industry 1450-1750, 1981, PhD Thesis Exeter University) quotes a 1625 record of Colbeame tin work, tentatively identified with the Ordnance Survey 6 inch "Old Tin Works" at SX 612679, immediately south-west of the Fox Tor newtake. He also names five other workings in the vinicinty of Fox Tor, all mentioned in the early 17th century (citing Probert, S. A. J., Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation, 08/06/1988).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV256555Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV256557Aerial Photograph:
SDV256558Migrated Record:
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: #85159 ]
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 26 2016 4:11PM