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HER Number:MDV4082
Name:Westdown Copper Mine, Whitchurch


Westdown Copper Mine worked for ten years from 1847 until 1857. The mining remains including a chimney base and other ruined structures are spread along the southern slopes of West Down.


Grid Reference:SX 488 706
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWhitchurch
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/39

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

1907, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV216832.

W7 west down. Copper. 'westdown mine (copper, disused)' marked on os 6" (1907) map (os).

GREEVES + PASSMORE, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV216834.

Building complex beside track at ngr sx48807054 including c19 chimney stack, associated buildings, spoil heaps + a possible shaft. May be linked to this is a deep stone-lined channel leading se towards the river (greeves + passmore).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV216835.

Ramsden, j. V. /tda/84(1952)100/notes on the mines of devonshire.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV216836.

Des=os 6"(1907)111ne.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV216837.

Des=greeves, t. /dtrg newsletter/15(july 1998)4/rewarding weekends in the lower walkham valley.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV216838.

Des=greeves, t. + passmore, a. /dtrg newsletter/17(july 1999)3-5/report on recent work in the walkham valley.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV216839.

Richardson, p. H. G. /british mining/44(1992)138/mines of dartmoor and the tamar valley after 1913.

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

Mine stack at ngr sx48787052 (greeves).

Rendell, P., 1996, Exploring the Lower Walkham Valley (Monograph). SDV361766.

Greeves, T. + Passmore, A., 1999, Report on the Recent Work in the Walkham Valley (Article in Serial). SDV347156.

Newman, P., 2011, Mining in the Tavy Valley, West Devon. An Assessment of Archaeological Potential, 44-45 (Report - Assessment). SDV347105.

West Downs Consolidated Mining Company started work at the site in 1847 although there is evidence of earlier trial pits in the area. The sett was re-launched at Sortridge and Bedford Mine from November 1854. A stampling mill, dressing floor, account huse, smithy and burning house or calciner were said to be in existence. The mine closed in 1857. The Ordnance Survey 25th inch map of 1884 shows a large spoil heap on the south-west slopes of the Down and a roofless building and adjacent chimney. The dressing floors and the site of the burning house are to the south. The mining remains are spread along the southern slopes of West Down and include ruined buildings and a spoil heap. Other details: No. 21.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV216832Migrated Record: 1907.
SDV216834Migrated Record: GREEVES + PASSMORE.
SDV216835Migrated Record:
SDV216836Migrated Record:
SDV216837Migrated Record:
SDV216838Migrated Record:
SDV216839Migrated Record:
SDV347105Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2011. Mining in the Tavy Valley, West Devon. An Assessment of Archaeological Potential. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 44-45.
SDV347156Article in Serial: Greeves, T. + Passmore, A.. 1999. Report on the Recent Work in the Walkham Valley. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 17. A4 Stapled.
SDV361766Monograph: Rendell, P.. 1996. Exploring the Lower Walkham Valley. Exploring the Lower Walkham Valley. A5 Paperback.
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments

MDV63813Parent of: ADIT in the Parish of Buckland Monachorum (Monument)
MDV79944Parent of: Chimney at Westdown Mine, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV63856Parent of: Possible building in the Walkham Valley (Monument)
MDV79966Parent of: Shaft and Spoil Heap on West Down, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV63854Related to: Adits in the Walkham Valley (Monument)
MDV63694Related to: BUILDING in the Parish of Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV63693Related to: Ore Processing Site on West Down, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV79963Related to: Shaft and Spoil Heap on West Down, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV52885Related to: SHAFT in the Parish of Buckland Monachorum (Monument)
MDV79959Related to: Shaft north of Buckator, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV21889Related to: TRIAL PIT in the Parish of Buckland Monachorum, Whitchurch (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7622 - Survey of the streamworking below Grenofen Bridge

Date Last Edited:Oct 16 2018 3:46PM