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HER Number:MDV27847
Name:Streamworks on River Bovey, Chagford

Summary

Extensive area from Yallands Cross and Hillhead Farm in the north, running southwards past Jurston and Hurston onto Chagford Common to the North Walla Brook and West Vitifer Tin Mine.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 688 843
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Extensive area of tin streamworks on the River Bovey related to tin working and the medieval field system around Lakeland Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/264
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 13/04/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 2357-2359 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.


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

Area of polygon approximate in places.


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

Streamworks visible on the 1947 Royal Air Force aerial photograph, consisting of disturbed ground between walled fields on either side, but with few major spoilheaps, visible along the course of the River Bovey.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 33 (Monograph). SDV219155.

The earliest tinning activity in the valley of the Bovey was streamworks. Turf covered mounds of pebbles accompany the river downstream for nearly two kilometres.


Passmore, A. J., 1997, Boveycombehedd, Chagford, Devon: an archaeological investigation of a Diachronic landscape, 23-28, Figures 4-5 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV360382.

The first documentary evidence of tinworking on the Bovey dates form the sixteenth century. At Boveycombehedd the elluvial streamwork is pre-nineteenth century in date with the alluvial streamworking occuring earlier and probably predating the Medieval settlements of Lakeland and Ridge Lay. The streamworking belongs to two phases. The earlier phase shows dumps of spoil at right angles to the river with later dumps odf spoil parallel to the river. Later openworks and adits in the area are numerous and cut through the spoil dumps.


Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Streamworks visible on the lidar data. Map object partly based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 33.
SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 13/04/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2357-2359.
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). [Mapped feature: #85901 ]
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
SDV360382Post-Graduate Thesis: Passmore, A. J.. 1997. Boveycombehedd, Chagford, Devon: an archaeological investigation of a Diachronic landscape. King Alfred's College, Winchester. A4 Comb Bound. 23-28, Figures 4-5.

Associated Monuments

MDV6711Parent of: Possible enclosure south of West Vitifer Tin Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122023Related to: Building at the Dressing Floor of West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122022Related to: Building at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV105118Related to: Farmstead at Higher Hurston, Chagford (Monument)
MDV77141Related to: Higher Hurston farmstead, Chagford (Monument)
MDV33330Related to: Jurston Bridge (Monument)
MDV107154Related to: Lingcombe Farm, Chagford (Monument)
MDV105122Related to: Lower Hurston Farmstead, Chagford (Monument)
MDV64205Related to: Openwork associated with West Vitifer Tin Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV70143Related to: Site of a chapel at Lingcombe (Building)
MDV33220Related to: Small road bridge over River Bovey (Monument)
MDV122020Related to: Stamping Floor at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV64206Related to: Streamworks on the River Bovey, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122018Related to: Three Buddles at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV64207Related to: Three Mine Shafts asoociated with West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV20864Related to: Tin Mill at Lingcombe,Chagford (Monument)
MDV6682Related to: West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122019Related to: Wheelpit at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7505 - Boveycombehedd, Chagford: An Archaeological Investigation of a Diachronic Landscape

Date Last Edited:May 4 2018 11:51AM