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HER Number:MDV3576
Name:Wheelpit and dressing floor 150m north-east of Deadlake Foot

Summary

A substantial wheelpit and an adjacent dressing floor north-east of Deadlake Foot. The wheelpit comprises two parallel walls of coursed boulders and blocks and measures a maximum of 2m high. The space between the walls, formerly occupied by the waterwheel, measures 8.0m north-west to south-east by 2.1m and is partially infilled with rubble. Immediately to the north and at a slight angle to the wheelpit is the dressing floor, a levelled platform measuring 6.1m north-south by 3.1m, enclosed on three sides by coursed boulder revetments and open to the west.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 563 842
Map Sheet:SX58SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 58 SE 51
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/29
  • Pastscape: 1064705

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DRESSING FLOOR (Constructed, XIX - 1801 AD to 1899 AD (Between))
  • WHEEL PIT (Constructed, XIX - 1801 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1977, Letter in newspaper (Article in Serial). SDV235083.

(25/08/1977) "The ruin on the other side of the River (Rattlebrook), almost opposite Deadlake, is probably the remains of a rather unusual wheelpit erected in connection with Wheal George, a very small tin concern of the 1850s".

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

Not visible on the Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, Map 32 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted and described by Butler.

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

SX 5831 8426 Evidence of a possibly unfinished stamping mill, c.1850 at Wheal George on Rattle Brook.

Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P., 2003-2004, Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV350801.

(21/08/2003) These features remain undisturbed and as described by the Royal Commission (1995). Their construction appears to be related to the 19th century reworking of an openwork (Pastscape 1393451) on the opposite bank of the Rattle Brook, itself part of the Wheal Frederick sett (1392058).

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Wheel pit is visible on the aerial photography; the dressing floor is less obvious.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape (Website). SDV363416.

(15/08/1995, Royal Commission Field Investigation) Centred SX 5631 8428. The remains of a substantial wheelpit and an adjacent dressing floor lie on the narrow left bank floodplain of the Rattle Brook 150m north-east of Deadlake Foot. The wheelpit comprises two parallel walls of coursed boulders and blocks and measures a maximum of 2m high. The space between the walls, formerly occupied by the waterwheel, measures 8.0m north-west to south-east by 2.1m and is partially infilled with rubble. Immediately to the north and at a slight angle to the wheelpit is the dressing floor, a levelled platform measuring 6.1m north-south by 3.1m, enclosed on three sides by coursed boulder revetments and open to the west. There is no evidence to suggest the presence of buddles or settling pits. It would seem likely that this dressing floor was never used as the leat (SX 58 SE 52) supplying the wheelpit does not appear to have been completed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. Map 32.
SDV235083Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1977. Letter in newspaper. Western Morning News. Unknown.
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.
SDV346020Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1997. Tin Stamping Mills of Dartmoor after AD 1750. Dartmoor Magazine. 49. Paperback Volume. 6-8.
SDV350801Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P.. 2003-2004. Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #126421 ]
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV50758Related to: Tinners building near Deadlake Foot (Monument)
MDV12203Related to: Tinners' building, yard and garden at Kerbeam, Dead Lake (Monument)
MDV21892Related to: Wheal Frederick Tin Mine, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8141 - Condition survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV6663 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV6664 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV6665 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area

Date Last Edited:Jun 30 2020 3:33PM