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HER Number:MDV36332
Name:Building on the south bank of the O Brook, Dartmoor Forest


A Medieval or later tinner's hut situated within the O Brook tin streamworks, approximately 40 metres east of Skir Ford. An archaeological field survey in 1996 recorded a wel-preserved rectqangular structure measuring 5.8 metres by 3 metres with walls surviving to a maximum height of 1.4 metres. An entrance opening survives in the north side.


Grid Reference:SX 650 713
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE173
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1063401
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/128

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Built, Early Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1066 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T., 1989, Building on O Brook (Correspondence). SDV246100.

Site visit on 6th May 1989. On right bank of O Brook, a short distance downstream from Skir Ford. Rectangular structure with long axis east-north-east to west-south-west. Internal dimensions 5.8 metres by 3.0 metres. Walls up to circa 1.3 metres high. Entrance in middle of north side. Set into bank on south side. Wall on north side approximately 1 metre thick.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 133 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Depicted and described by Butler.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project, P. Newman (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(1996) SX 65087130. A well-preserved tinners hut, built into the southern outer scarp of the O Brook tin streamworks, approximately 40m E of Skir Ford. The internal dimensions are 5.8m by 3.0m and the walls stand to a maximum of 1.4m. A clear entrance opening survives in the N side.

English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Rectangular building shown on survey.

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

Rectangular feature visible on aerial photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV246100Correspondence: Greeves, T.. 1989. Building on O Brook. Letter.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 133.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. P. Newman.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #127868 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV30798Parent of: Poterry found at tinners' building on O Brook, Dartmoor Forest (Find Spot)
MDV51546Related to: Skir Ford on the O Brook, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV26074Related to: Skir Gut streamworks (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 28 2022 10:47AM