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HER Number:MDV3098
Name:Quarry south of Western Beacon


Granite was quarried from a site below Western Beacon and used for building the viaducts at Ivybridge and Cornwood. This area is not shown on historic maps, while those to the north (MDV3099) are, so this may represent a later endeavour.


Grid Reference:SX 652 571
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of the early 20th century China Clay works at Redlake Mine and the associated railway, as well as prehistoric remains on Ugborough Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/184
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • QUARRY (XX - 1905 AD to 1959 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1969, SX6557, 2/7-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV165212.

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

Quarry at Western Beacon. Granite. Used for building. Mentioned by Crossing in the 'Dartmoor Worker'. Quarry of 0.125 hectares in area. Close to tramway MDV3138. Heaps associated with the quarry at SX65205714, SX65235711 and SX65255715. Seen on National Monuments Record 1969 aerial photograph.

Crossing, W., 1992, Crossing's Dartmoor Worker, 75-6 (Monograph). SDV351364.

Crossing mentions that a considerable quantity of granite was quarried from the slope below Western Beacon several years ago, when the new viaducts at Ivybridge and Cornwood were being built.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Shown on the modern maps.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165212Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1969. SX6557. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/7-9.
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.
SDV351364Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1992. Crossing's Dartmoor Worker. Crossing's Dartmoor Worker. Paperback Volume. 75-6.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #87034 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV24990Related to: Possible quarry on southern edge of Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV3099Related to: Stone quarries at Western Beacon, Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV3138Related to: The Redlake China Clay Railway (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 2 2018 11:14AM