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HER Number:MDV4013
Name:Flue north of the Smelting House at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine

Summary

Flue to the north of the smelting house at the 19th century Eylesbarrow Tin Mine

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 676
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1300551
  • National Monuments Record: 438809
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/17/3
  • Old SAM Ref: 34467(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FLUE (XVIII to XIX - 1750 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Line of the flue shown on 19th century map to the north of the 'Blowing House (Ruin)'.


Burnard, R., 1888 - 1889, On the Track of the 'Old Men', Dartmoor, 235 (Article in Serial). SDV154694.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Not shown on early 20th century map at the 'Blowing House'.


Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Blowing House, 223 (Article in Serial). SDV154693.


Cook, R. M. L., 1974, Eylesbarrow (1814- 1852): A Study of a Dartmoor Tin Mine, 195-6 (Article in Serial). SDV231127.

Eylesbarrow. The flue was structurally good until recently. The heavy cover stones have now fallen in. Inside the drystone walls are tidy and well made. No sign of rendering. Roof consists of granite slabs which span the cavity of the flue in a lintel-like fashion, their ends being supported on the side walls. Cover stones are roughly rectangular and were originally overlain by a covering of small stones, soil and turf. The north wall of the flue appears to have been banked up on the outside. The adjacent cover stones are not close fitting, but the spaces separating them contain jammed pieces of granite. The flue has a paved floor c irca 254 millimetres below present ground surface. The bricklike slabs forming the floor have smooth surfaces and are firmly set in mortar. Average vertical distance between paved floor and roof is 686 millimetres. At intervals granite blocks project into the flue space, probably to act as baffles. Nine protruding sets are arranged alternately on either side. Access point on south side of flue close to the angle for a man to crawl through to collect deposited metal. The stack at the end of the flue is now completely ruined. No sign of deposit on interior surfaces of flue. The flue was an integral part of the blast furnace.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1987, List of donations to the Plymouth Museum (Un-published). SDV243606.

Site visited on 13th May 1981. Dark red clay/mortar possibly, from top of the furnace blocks at start of theflue associated with the blast furnace at Eylesbarrow smelting house.


Newman, P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine, 105-148 (Article in Serial). SDV231130.


Newman , P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine, 33-35, Figures 16-17 (Report - Survey). SDV352201.

The flue from the blast furnace in the smelting house at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine went north to a square chimney stack. The flue is still clearly defined and consists of a stone-lined tunnel 0.6 metres by 0.4 metres in section and capped along its entire length with large granite slabs. It was probably originally sealed under an earth mound. At the terminus of the flue are the vestigial foundations and collapsed rubble from a 1.6 metre square chimney stack.It is not clear how the flue connected to the furnace but it probably lined up with the top of the furnace at the same level as the horizontal section of the flue.


Whitbourne, A., 2001, Visit to Eylesbarrow Mine, 2-3 (Article in Serial). SDV231129.

Horizontal flue from the blast furnace.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Line of the flue shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV154693Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Blowing House. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. 223.
SDV154694Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1888 - 1889. On the Track of the 'Old Men', Dartmoor. Transactions of the Plymouth Institute. 10. 235.
SDV231127Article in Serial: Cook, R. M. L.. 1974. Eylesbarrow (1814- 1852): A Study of a Dartmoor Tin Mine. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 106. Paperback Volume. 195-6.
SDV231129Article in Serial: Whitbourne, A.. 2001. Visit to Eylesbarrow Mine. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 22. Unknown. 2-3.
SDV231130Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1999. Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 57. Paperback Volume. 105-148.
SDV243606Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1987. List of donations to the Plymouth Museum. Unknown.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV352201Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 1999. Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine. English Heritage Survey Report. A4 Spiral Bound. 33-35, Figures 16-17. [Mapped feature: #90612 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3330Part of: Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV4010Part of: Smelting House at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV4011Related to: Blast Furnace in the Smelting House at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV6239 - Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine

Date Last Edited:Aug 8 2014 10:48AM