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HER Number:MDV3075
Name:Mine workings in Torrs Wood, Ugborough

Summary

Disturbances believed to be remains of workings for extraction of umber; may be Ugborough Mine. Situated in Torrs Wood, Wrangaton, on the north side of the road, and also on the south side in Monksmoor Copse. Late 19th century records 'Umber Works (disused)' at Torrs Barn.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 673 576
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Evidential)
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/161

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • UMBER WORKINGS (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Barn is depicted on the Tithe Map, as an L-shaped structure, divided into three rectangular sections. Plot number 1067. Monksmoor Estate; 'Court, Barn and Road etc.'


Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Umber Works (Disused)' recorded on the late 19th century historic map. Map shows a large rectangular building (Torrs Barn), divided into two (long ways), with two separate additional structures to the north, and 'Shafts' recorded in the woods to the north and west of the site. Chimney and pit to the west of the road may be associated.


Ussher, W. A. E., 1912, Geology of the Country around Ivybridge and Modbury, 116 (Monograph). SDV161599.


Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1975 - 1978, Torrs Wood, Wrangaton Umber Works (Worksheet). SDV161991.

Torrs Wood, Wrangaton Umber Works. SX675 578.
Disturbances believed to be remains of workings for extraction of umber. Situated in Torrs Wood, Wrangaton, on the north side of the road, and also on the south side in Monksmoor Copse. Date of workings not known. Ground fairly thickly covered with trees and scrub and appears to be on a small water course, the ground being usually very wet.
Ussher's list of 'Mines and Minerals' includes: "Umber Works (disused), in open pits in calc-flintas on either side of the road by Torrs Wood (east of the Plymouth Asylum)".
Notes obtained from a local resident include 'Ugborough Mine. In 1876 sold 300 tons of brown hematite (iron ore) for £225.10s and 100 tons of ochre (iron oxide) for £75. Location not given.'
Local knowledge is that 'burnt sienna' was extracted here. The owner of Monksmoor once owned this land and states that some sort of mining operation is known to have taken place in the land north of the Wrangaton road, on the west side of the lane from Leigh Cross to the Moorgate. Mining believed to be for 'iron stone'. This operation could well be Ugborough Mine, or both sites could be together known as Ugborough Mine.
Probably associated with chimney (MDV3074).


Pratt, N., 2018, Torrs Barn (Un-published). SDV360694.

Description of significance:
Barn and Umber Works, probably pre-1840s. Isolated building of three parts, shown on 1840 Tithe Map. By 1st ed. OS shown as Umber Works (disused) with shafts approximately 40 metres to west and name ‘Torrs Barn’. There is a horseshoe-shaped enclosure and other structures depicted to north-east. (Value: evidential, historic, communal and aesthetic).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV161599Monograph: Ussher, W. A. E.. 1912. Geology of the Country around Ivybridge and Modbury. Geology of the Country around Ivybridge and Modbury. Unknown. 116.
SDV161991Worksheet: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1975 - 1978. Torrs Wood, Wrangaton Umber Works. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped features: #17238 ; #17239 ; #86992 ]
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360694Un-published: Pratt, N.. 2018. Torrs Barn. Non-Designated Heritage Assets. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3074Parent of: Chimney south-west of Torrs Wood (Monument)
MDV53248Related to: GRAVEL PIT in the Parish of Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3071Related to: Leigh Farm Leat, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3019Related to: Torrs Barn, Ugborough (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 15 2018 10:50AM