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HER Number:MDV4048
Name:TIN MILL in the Parish of Sheepstor

Summary

Blowing/stamping mill at yellowmead. Ample remains of a blowing house, but the structure has been used as a quarry and much disturbed. Original dimensions unknown. One side of the wheel pit is in good order, with a well worked stone having a recess for the plummer block of the wheel axle. The float from the base of the furnace has been built into a hedge not far away, and a mortar stone stands on another hedge. There is a stone with a bearing for a small iron axle and also a small broken mould, very neatly cut in roborough down elvan. The mould would give an ingot of about 1.02kg, the smallest from dartmoor. At yellowmead farm is one of the stones from the crazing mill, diameter 711mm which probably came from the blowing house. At the head of a stroll wholly occupied by tinners' burrows, at the foot of which stands the house, there is a part-made mould stone. A large piece of slag was found near this house and contained prills of tin (worth).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 574 675
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/47

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIN MILL (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

6/8/1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217065.

Site surveyed at 1:100 by t. Greeves + r. Robinson (6/8/1985). Plans in possession of t. Greeves.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217067.

Worth, r. H. /tda/72(1940)226,242/the dartmoor blowing house.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217068.

Worth, r. H. /tda/65(1933)307-308/figs.1-5 pls.23-25/blowing houses in the valleys of the sheepstor brook, the meavy, the erme, and the avon.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217069.

Osa=sx56ne21.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217070.

Des=greeves, t. /list of known devon tin mills c.1450-c.1750/(1981)no.94 (in smr).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217071.

Worth, r. H. /tda/46(1914)288-289/stray notes on dartmoor tin working.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217072.

Des=ta 385;mill field.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217073.

Greeves, t. In crossley, d. W. /medieval industry:cba research report 40/ (1981)94/photo 92(in smr).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217074.

Des=duco london/ministers accounts/cornwall and devon 18,19,23 henry 7/ vol.6.93.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217075.

Lewis, w. S. /the west of england tin mining/(1923)33.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217076.

Des=dro/dd1090.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217077.

Des=plan(1:100)in parish file.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217078.

Cba res rep/40(1981)92,94.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217079.

Des=greeves, t. /an assessment of dartmoor tin working/(1990)39/in smr.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217080.

Des=bodman, m. /water powered sites in devon/(1998)24,55/in smr.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV217081.

Des=gerrard, s. /the early south western tin industry: an archaeological view/in newman, p.(ed)/the archaeology of mining & metallurgy in south west britain/(1996)67-83/(mining history: bulletins pdmhs, vol 13 no 2).


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=12/6/1950 (os) as described by worth. Very ruinous. No trace of mortarstone or float.


WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6808.

Blowing/stamping mill at yellowmead. Ample remains of a blowing house, but the structure has been used as a quarry and much disturbed. Original dimensions unknown. One side of the wheel pit is in good order, with a well worked stone having a recess for the plummer block of the wheel axle. The float from the base of the furnace has been built into a hedge not far away, and a mortar stone stands on another hedge. There is a stone with a bearing for a small iron axle and also a small broken mould, very neatly cut in roborough down elvan. The mould would give an ingot of about 1.02kg, the smallest from dartmoor. At yellowmead farm is one of the stones from the crazing mill, diameter 711mm which probably came from the blowing house. At the head of a stroll wholly occupied by tinners' burrows, at the foot of which stands the house, there is a part-made mould stone. A large piece of slag was found near this house and contained prills of tin (worth).


Greeves, T. A. P., Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV69961.

Vis=24/5/1977 (os) very ruinous. Approx. Dimensions 9.5m by 5m, walls 0.4-0.7m high. No mortarstone or float. Course of leat could not be determined. Not documented as blowing mill or stamping mill, but a document of 1502 mentions the smelting of tin at "oldmede". Field evidence (greeves).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV217065Migrated Record: 6/8/1985.
SDV217067Migrated Record:
SDV217068Migrated Record:
SDV217069Migrated Record:
SDV217070Migrated Record:
SDV217071Migrated Record:
SDV217072Migrated Record:
SDV217073Migrated Record:
SDV217074Migrated Record:
SDV217075Migrated Record:
SDV217076Migrated Record:
SDV217077Migrated Record:
SDV217078Migrated Record:
SDV217079Migrated Record:
SDV217080Migrated Record:
SDV217081Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV6808Migrated Record: WORTH.
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM