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HER Number:MDV28298
Name:Tin openwork on Stinger's Hill, Cornwood


Tin openwork with large spoilheaps on Stinger's Hill to the east of the River Erme


Grid Reference:SX 631 661
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural and earthwork remains of Medieval or later tin streamworks on the River Erme and its tributaries, Blacklane Brook, Dry Lake and Red Lake, as well as blowing houses and tinners buildings and possible prehistoric enclosures at Wollake

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/182
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OPEN CUT (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4278 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Photograph taken on 10th December 1946.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Openwork with large spoilheaps extending to SX63236601 and to SX63216632 where it meets a streamwork on the River Erme.

GetMapping, 2010, GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV351585.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Area of openwork shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

Approximately 3 hectares of tin streamworks on the lower, moderate slope of Stinger’s Hill, west of the River Erme between 385 and 425 metres above OD. The limit of the tinwork’s main working area is well defined by a scarp of between 1 metre and 3 metres deep running around most of the perimeter. The interior working area contains the usual evidence of low linear spoil heaps, pits and channels, some of which have been reinforced by low revetments. It is notable that the waste dumps covering the worked-out tyes in this tinwork, are in places unusually narrow at approximately 1 metre wide in places. A ruined rectangular building (MDV20842), a probable tinner’s lodge, survives in the central portion of the tinwork. These tinworks have not been dated but , where available, documentation for tinworks elsewhere on Dartmoor would suggest a likely operational date between the 12th and 17th centuries.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4278.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV351585Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 2010. GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs. Getmapping. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117219 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5160Related to: Erme Pits Hill, Blacklane Mire, Middle Mire and Red Lake streamworks (Monument)
MDV20842Related to: Knocking Mill, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV24811Related to: Open cut on Stinger's Hill, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV20841Related to: Tinners' building within streamworks on Stinger's Hill, Cornwood (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Apr 27 2020 3:03PM