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HER Number:MDV42450
Name:Openwork west of Hart Tor


Impressive openworks with deep channels west of Hart Tor.


Grid Reference:SX 577 718
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE243
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1461601
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/300
  • Old SAM Ref: 24106

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OPEN CUT (Early Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1066 AD to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 1987, The Moorland Meavy - a Tinner's Landscape, 225, 229, 237 (Article in Serial). SDV231207.

Openwork '4'. Openworks at Hart Tor (west). Supplied by leat SX57SE/301. Adit positions still visible.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152505 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(01/05/1997) Openworks 250m west of Hart Tor.

Gerrard, S., 1998, Hart Tor Tinworks (Article in Serial). SDV360974.

Gerrard, S., 1999, Meavy Valley Archaeology. Interim Report for 1997, 24 (Article in Serial). SDV225919.

Bluesky, 2006 - 2007, Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341189.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007-2008, Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV359195.

(20/11/2007) Hart Tor tinworks represent a complex multi-period tin extractive landscape in which most types of tin working are represented. The workings are located across the hillslopes and also in the broad valleys around the Tor. Examples of alluvial and eluvial streamworks, openworks, lode-back pits, shafts, shoad collection pits and numerous prospecting pits - some in lines others in groups and many as isolated pockmarks. A number of leats cross the hillside to the east and south-east. The streamworks are described elsewhere (SX 57 SE 225 and 253). Impressive openworks with deep channels occur to the west and also the south-west of the tor (SX57797197 and SX57757172). At least six groups of lode-back pits survive - the best-preserved lies to the south of the tor and includes a long line of pits excavated onto the back of the load (SX58177185). A second line occurs to the east (SX57817172). A small number of substantial pits visible in workings across the area may represent the position of shafts rather than isolated lode-back pits. There is however no evidence to suggest that any of these shafts developed into large scale mines. A cluster of small pits at SX58407247 probably repre-sents a small shoad collection operation. The various leats, the tinners' buildings, mills and caches are described elsewhere (i.e. SX 57 SE 244). The multiplicity of earthworks lie in open moorland grassland and are all well-defined. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV225919Article in Serial: Gerrard, S.. 1999. Meavy Valley Archaeology. Interim Report for 1997. Meavy Valley Archaeology. A4 Stapled + Digital. 24.
SDV231207Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1987. The Moorland Meavy - a Tinner's Landscape. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 119. Paperback Volume. 225, 229, 237.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152505.
SDV341189Aerial Photograph: Bluesky. 2006 - 2007. Bluesky aerial photographs 2006 - 2007. Bluesky. Photograph (Digital).
SDV359195Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007-2008. Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV360974Article in Serial: Gerrard, S.. 1998. Hart Tor Tinworks. Meavy Valley Archaeology. 10. PDF.

Associated Monuments

MDV62275Related to: Leat linking openworks and reservoir south-west of Hart Tor (Monument)
MDV130778Related to: Lode back tinwork west-south-west of Hart Tor (Monument)
MDV62282Related to: Openwork south-west of Hart Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7517 - Survey of Hart Tor tin works
  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:May 18 2021 10:18AM