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HER Number:MDV35575
Name:Keaglesborough Mine, Walkhampton


Keaglesborough mine. This complex comprises a large openwork, an adit at the east end, a leat, two dressing floors with sundry features, shafts and spoilheaps.


Grid Reference:SX 572 701
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE199
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1394037
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/157
  • Old SAM Ref: 22382

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RAKE (XV to XVI - 1500 AD (Between) to 1599 AD (Between))
  • TIN MINE (XV to XIX - 1500 AD (Between) to 1832 AD (Between))
  • BUDDLE (XVIII to XIX - 1767 AD (Between) to 1832 AD (Between))
  • TAIL RACE (XVIII to XIX - 1767 AD (Between) to 1832 AD (Between))
  • WATERMILL (XVIII to XIX - 1767 AD (Between) to 1832 AD (Between))
  • WHEEL PIT (XVIII to XIX - 1767 AD (Between) to 1832 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264147.

See sx57se/157/1, 158 and 159.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264153.

Des=survey drawing(greeves + robinson 1985)/in parish file. Vis=22/08/1985 (greeves and robinson) measured survey of processing area carried out. Copy in smr.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, The Devon Tin Industry 1450-1750: An archaeological and historical survey, 327, 438 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV351371.

Newman, P., 1987, The Moorland Meavy - a Tinner's Landscape, 227, 236, 238, 239 (Article in Serial). SDV231207.

Supplied by leat SX56NE/506 which has two sources, the second possibly having been tapped in order to generate enough power to operate the new 8m diameter waterwheel installed here in the early 19th century. Two wheelpits visible. References occur in 1505, 1538, 1600, 1611, 1623, 1639.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1990, An Assessment of Dartmoor Tinworking, 30 (Report - Assessment). SDV343684.

Keaglesborough Mine. This complex comprises a large openwork, an adit at the east end, a leat, two dressing floors with sundry features, shafts and spoil heaps.

Cranstone, D. + Hedley, I., 1995, Monuments Protection Programme: The Tin Industry Step 3 Site Assessments, Devon 11 (Report - non-specific). SDV357946.

Earthwork remains of tin mining activing including streamworks, beamworks and lodeback workings. Dressing areas dating to the 18th and 19th centuries are also present.

Newman, P., 1996, Early Tin Mills in the Newleycombe Valley, 9-10 (Article in Serial). SDV220914.

16th century documentation survives for two tin mills including a stamping and blowing mill called 'Keigells Borrowe Mylles'.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1997, Tin Stamping Mills of Dartmoor after AD 1750, 6-8 (Article in Serial). SDV346020.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 23, 40 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Keaglesborough mine mill at SX 57207005 on River Meavy.

Ancient Monuments, 2003, Schedule notes (Schedule Document). SDV264160.

(2003) The core part of Keaglesborough Mine, on the lower western slopes of Raddick Hill. The earliest remains probably date from the early 16th century and comprise a series of parallel dumps, representing the remains of an eluvial streamwork. Later openwork mining operations removed the majority of this streamwork. Subsequent mining was carried out underground, with the surface evidence comprising an adit and two shafts. Two tin stamping mills were constructed on the site in the late 18th or early 19th century and both survive as rectangular platforms defined on three sides by a drystone wall revetment. There is a stone-lined wheelpit in the centre of each platform with a tail-race leading from each wheelpit. The water was carried to the wheels via a leat embankment and timber launder. The dressing floor lies to the north, surviving as a series of hollows representing the site of buddles and other devices used to separate the casserite (tin dioxide) from waste materials.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV220914Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1996. Early Tin Mills in the Newleycombe Valley. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 10. Unknown. 9-10.
SDV231207Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1987. The Moorland Meavy - a Tinner's Landscape. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 119. Paperback Volume. 227, 236, 238, 239.
SDV264147Migrated Record:
SDV264153Migrated Record:
SDV264160Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 2003. Schedule notes. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 23, 40.
SDV343684Report - Assessment: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1990. An Assessment of Dartmoor Tinworking. Digital. 30.
SDV346020Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1997. Tin Stamping Mills of Dartmoor after AD 1750. Dartmoor Magazine. 49. Paperback Volume. 6-8.
SDV351371Post-Graduate Thesis: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. The Devon Tin Industry 1450-1750: An archaeological and historical survey. The Devon Tin Industry 1450-1750. A4 Hardback. 327, 438.
SDV357946Report - non-specific: Cranstone, D. + Hedley, I.. 1995. Monuments Protection Programme: The Tin Industry Step 3 Site Assessments. Monument Protection Programme. Foolscap. Devon 11.

Associated Monuments

MDV12842Parent of: Adit at Keaglesborough Mine 850 metres north-east of Norsworthy Bridge (Monument)
MDV12844Parent of: Dressing floor at Keaglesborough Mine (Monument)
MDV66655Parent of: Leat embankment at Keaglesborough Mine (Monument)
MDV66651Parent of: Mine shaft, Keaglesborough Mine (Monument)
MDV63710Parent of: Mortarstone in wall, Kingsett Mine (Find Spot)
MDV35577Parent of: Probable mine building in Raddick Plantation (Monument)
MDV130838Related to: Dry leat running through lands of Classiwell and Kingsett farms (Monument)
MDV128361Related to: Land parcels east of Keaglesborough Mine (Monument)
MDV128352Related to: Land parcels east of Norsworthy Plantation (Monument)
MDV128353Related to: Land parcels in Norsworthy Plantation (Monument)
MDV128348Related to: Land parcels south of Keaglesborough Mine (Monument)
MDV42471Related to: Leat at Keaglesborough Mine (Monument)
MDV28200Related to: Leat supplying Keaglesborough Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7507 - Survey of Keaglesborough Tin Mine
  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2021 2:42PM