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HER Number:MDV28090
Name:Streamworks on the Rattle Brook

Summary

Approximately 20 hectares of streamworking remains flanking the Rattle Brook and its tributaries within Dartmoor Forest Parish. The workings are very well defined by steep cliffs on average 2.5 metres high and appear to be relatively undisturbed by later activity.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 562 853
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and walling remains of Rattlebrook Mine, including late 18th century stamping mill, extensive streamworks on the Rattle Brook and prehistoric enclosures
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of medieval or later tin streamworking along Dead Lake

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 58 NE 47
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/55
  • Pastscape: 1063932
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monument Record, 1969, NMR SX5888, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV246138.


National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1510, 257 (Aerial Photograph). SDV273995.


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

Extensive streamwork visible on the aerial photographs along the Rattlebrook.


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


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Parts of the streamwork depicted on the modern mapping.


National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape, Accessed 13/09/2016 (Website). SDV359354.

Centred SX 5625 8510. Approximately 20 hectares of streamworking remains flanking the Rattle Brook and its tributaries within Dartmoor Forest Parish. The workings are very well defined by steep cliffs on average 2.5 metres high and appear to be relatively undisturbed by later activity. They exist as narrow bands flanking the Rattle Brook and its east bank tributaries with a broad zone, up to 150 metres wide, at their confluence. The workings display the characteristic pattern of linear spoil heaps and water channels while the upper reaches of the tributaries where no remains are visible exhibit deepened stream beds indicative of this type of tin extraction (citing Probert, S.A.J., Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation, 12/08/1994).
1:2500 survey extended to encompass right bank of stream within the Ministry of Defence Licence area.
Centred SX 56258510. Approximately 30 hectares of streamworks flank the Rattle Brook and its tributaries. The extractive remains are as described in 1994. Within the working on Dead Lake, a right bank tributary, are the remains of a small building (MDV116550) while another (MDV12851) lies on the unworked floodplain 400 metres north-east of Chat Tor. The processing area and an adit belonging to the former Rattlebrook Mine (MDV3176) occupy part of the former streamworkings on the upper reaches of the brook (citing Probert, S.A.J., English Heritage Field Investigation, 15/02/2004).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV246138Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1969. NMR SX5888. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 1.
SDV273995Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1510. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 257.
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.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. Accessed 13/09/2016.

Associated Monuments

MDV28087Related to: Enclosures and hut circle 250 metres south-west of Green Tor (Monument)
MDV3572Related to: Hut Settlement (Monument)
MDV12202Related to: MINE in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest, Lydford (Monument)
MDV27106Related to: Mineworking remains near Sharp Tor (Monument)
MDV3170Related to: Mound south-west of Lower Dunna Goat (Monument)
MDV3176Related to: Rattlebrook Mine (Monument)
MDV116550Related to: Tinners' building in area of streamworks along Dead Lake (Building)
MDV108928Related to: Tinners' Cache at confluence of The Scad Brook and Green Tor Water, Amicombe Hill (Monument)
MDV12851Related to: Tinners hut in area of streamworks along the Rattle Brook (Building)
MDV3311Related to: UNENCLOSED HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT in the Parish of Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Sep 13 2016 12:36PM