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HER Number:MDV43152
Name:Whiterock Shaft, Great Whiterock Wood, Bere Ferrers


Mine shafts depicted on historic mapping. The 1880s-1890s Ordnance Survey map shows a shaft on the east side of a track but subsequent mapping depicts a shaft on the west side. The shaft(s) were part of Wood Mine and had gone out of use by 1904-6.


Grid Reference:SX 476 660
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBere Ferrers
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBERE FERRERS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46NE/529/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE SHAFT (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

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

Old Shaft marked on 1904-1906 Ordnance Survey map as a small circular feature on the west side of a track in Great Whiterock Wood. Map object based on this source.

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 111SE (Cartographic). SDV242025.

'Old Shaft' shown on 1907 map.

Ordnance Survey, 1954, SX46NE (Cartographic). SDV343929.

Old Shaft marked on 1954 map.

Buck, C., 2010, Shaft Collapse at Fishacre Wood (Report - Survey). SDV348280.

A mine shaft recently collapsed in the centre of a track that has been used for many years by the Forestry Commission to extract wood cut down from conifer woodland. There is no documentary information relating to this working, which appears to be a small 19th century localised undertaking. The opening is approximately 2.5 metres square at surface track level, with the shaft sides virtually vertical. Water in the shaft is visible at a depth of approximately 5 metres below ground level, which is below the start of bedrock level (about 3 metres below surface level). The shaft appears to be oriented with its longest side along the line of the stope working (lode), which appears to broadly follow a north-south alignment. This suggests it is either a silver/lead working, or alternatively, a small localised stope working which was prospecting to cut possible east-west copper lodes. Other details: Photographs.

Newman, P., 2011, Mining in the Tavy Valley, West Devon. An Assessment of Archaeological Potential, 61 (Report - Assessment). SDV347105.

Unnamed shaft depicted on first edition 25 inch Ordnance Survey map. Likely to be Whiterock Shaft and part of Wood Mine. Other details: No. 46.

Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2017, South Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment, 1012 (Interpretation). SDV360825.

A mine shaft at this location was recorded on the second edition 1:2500 Ordnance Survey map, probably associated with Wood Mine, Bere Ferrers in Devon.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV242025Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 111SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
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). [Mapped feature: #91591 ]
SDV343929Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1954. SX46NE. Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 Map. Map (Paper).
SDV347105Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2011. Mining in the Tavy Valley, West Devon. An Assessment of Archaeological Potential. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 61.
SDV348280Report - Survey: Buck, C.. 2010. Shaft Collapse at Fishacre Wood. Cornwall Council Report. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.
SDV360825Interpretation: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2017. South Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. RCZAS. Digital. 1012.

Associated Monuments

MDV12629Related to: Lopwell Mine in Blindwell Wood, Bere Ferrers (Monument)
MDV43153Related to: Mine Shaft at Lopwell Mine in Blindwell Wood (Monument)
MDV43151Related to: Mine Shaft in Blindwell Wood, Bere Ferrers (Monument)
MDV79911Related to: Wood Mine, Bere Ferrers (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5663 - Site Visit to Collapsed Shaft at Fishacre Wood

Date Last Edited:Apr 12 2018 12:36PM