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HER Number:MDV3888
Name:Ding Dong Mine, Gulworthy

Summary

Primarily a tin mine, but also had at least one large copper lode and is marked on the 1768 Bedford Estate map as Hatchwood Copper Work. A range of earthwork and structural features, including cuttings, spoil heap and tramway lines are visible on aerial photographs of 1948 and recorded as part of the Tamar Valley NMP project.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 434 720
Map Sheet:SX47SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SW/517

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SPOIL HEAP (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2013 AD (Between))
  • TRAMWAY (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2013 AD (Between))
  • TIN MINE (Constructed, XVIII to XX - 1751 AD to 1950 AD? (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1142.

Worksheet contains more details of above and copy of 1906 25" map showing tentative positions of working (worksheet).


BUCK, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV219466.

The ‘ding dong lode’ was part of ‘bedford united mines’ in 1848 and the mine was described as abandoned in 1868 ‘ding dong’ was reopened in1915 but remained idle until 1942 when ‘wolfram’ was required during wwii (buck).


OS 1844, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240752.

Not shown on 1884 6" map which suggests that it was not working then (os 1844).


OS 1906, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240753.

Not shown on 1906 25" map (os 1906).


OS 1953 + 1967, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240754.

Shown on modern 25" maps just below new bridge as "tin and wolfram, disused". An old level is marked here, possibly the entrance to deep adit level (see dines). There is a shaft to the east at sx40017214 which may be associated with modern workings (os 1953 + 1967).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240757.

Ramsden, j. V. /tda/84(1952)93 fig.1/notes on the mines of devonshire.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240758.

H. M. Stationery office/abandoned mines/(1929).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240759.

White, a. /devonshire directory/(1850).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240760.

De la beche, h. /geology of cornwall and devon/(1839).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240761.

Ree, a. /encyclopedia/(1842).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240762.

Booker, f. /the industrial archaeology of the tamar valley/(1971)139.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240763.

Dines, h. G. /metalliferous mining region of sw england vol 2/(1956)665-667.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240764.

De la beche, h. T. /report on the geology of cornwall devon and w somerset/ (1839)608.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240765.

Des=os 6" map/(1884)copy in parish file.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240766.

Des=os 25" map/(1906)copy on worksheet.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240767.

Des=os 25" map/(1953)+(1967).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240768.

Des=worksheet/weddell, p.(22/2/1984)in parish file.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240769.

Dyer, m. J. + manning, p. T. /objective 5b: lower tamar valley recreation & land management initiative: cultural heritage appraisal/(1998)38/(ea report 98.60).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240770.

Des=buck, c. /preliminary assessment of industrial sites of archaeological importance in the tamar valley/(1998)49/in smr.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240771.

Richardson, p. H. G. /british mining/44(1992)131/mines of dartmoor and the tamar valley after 1913.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV240772.

Buck, c.(cornwall archaeological unit)/bedford united mine: archaeological assessment/(2003)16-17 + fig 4/report no 2003ro43 site 166 in smr.


BOOKER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV256537.

Little more than a trial adit for copper. Reopened in 1915 and in 1942 produced 1000 tons of wolfram for wartime demand. Hoisting gear used in this last operation can still be seen (booker).


Dines, H. G., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265453.

It was first opened for copper. Figures given for 1811, citing de la beche, still in use in 1819. Wartime work ended in 1944. Geological technical details given (dines).


Ramsden, J. V., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV38544.

D21 dingdong. Plan. Bedford estate office, tavistock. Copper (ramsden).


Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2001-2002, Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records, RAF/CPE/UK/2501/4105&6 1948 (Interpretation). SDV346287.

An industrial complex of post-medieval earthworks and structures including cuttings, spoil heaps and tramway lines are visible on aerial photographs of 1948. Map object partly based on this source.


Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2001-2002, Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records, RAF/CPE/UK/2501/4105&6 1948 (Interpretation). SDV346287.

An industrial complex of post-medieval earthworks and structures including cuttings, spoil heaps and tramway lines are visible on aerial photographs of 1948. Map object partly based on this source.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2016, Backlog Recording of the Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Survey (Personal Comment). SDV359374.

Features recorded as part of the Tamar Valley NMP survey have been attributed to this monument record which has been amended into a parent record to include monument records MDV70456 and MDV70457.


Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 180, figs 6.30-32 (Monograph). SDV361789.

Ding Dong Mine
Primarily a tin mine, but also had at least one large copper lode and is marked on the 1768 Bedford Estate map as Hatchwood Copper Work. Poorly documented otherwise before the 20th century. Areas of surface working probably date to the workings in the 18th century. This mine was another known to be part of the Tavistock Canal Company's portfolio from 1803-1821, but there is no evidence they did anything productive with it.
It was reworked again after 1842 and again in the mid-20th century.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1142Migrated Record:
SDV219466Migrated Record: BUCK.
SDV240752Migrated Record: OS 1844.
SDV240753Migrated Record: OS 1906.
SDV240754Migrated Record: OS 1953 + 1967.
SDV240757Migrated Record:
SDV240758Migrated Record:
SDV240759Migrated Record:
SDV240760Migrated Record:
SDV240761Migrated Record:
SDV240762Migrated Record:
SDV240763Migrated Record:
SDV240764Migrated Record:
SDV240765Migrated Record:
SDV240766Migrated Record:
SDV240767Migrated Record:
SDV240768Migrated Record:
SDV240769Migrated Record:
SDV240770Migrated Record:
SDV240771Migrated Record:
SDV240772Migrated Record:
SDV256537Migrated Record: BOOKER.
SDV265453Migrated Record: Dines, H. G..
SDV346287Interpretation: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2001-2002. Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records. National Mapping Programme. Map (Digital). RAF/CPE/UK/2501/4105&6 1948. [Mapped feature: #90045 ]
SDV359374Personal Comment: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2016. Backlog Recording of the Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Survey. Not Applicable.
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 180, figs 6.30-32.
SDV38544Migrated Record: Ramsden, J. V..

Associated Monuments

MDV70364Parent of: Adit at Ding Dong Mine (Monument)
MDV70456Parent of: ADIT in the Parish of Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV70457Parent of: ADIT in the Parish of Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV123332Parent of: Brenton's Shaft, Ding Dong Mine (Monument)
MDV70366Parent of: Dyer's Shaft, Ding Dong Mine (Monument)
MDV70358Parent of: Shaft at Ding Dong Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV70359Parent of: Shaft at Ding Dong Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV70363Parent of: Thomas's Shaft, Ding Dong Mine (Monument)
MDV3862Related to: Devon Great Consolidated Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV22883Related to: South Bedford Copper Mine (Monument)
MDV123232Related to: Tavistock Canal, Main record (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6911 - Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme

Date Last Edited:Nov 22 2018 2:40PM