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HER Number:MDV4384
Name:Knack Tin Mine


Knack Tin Mine, also known as Steeperton. Worked between 1850s-1880s, but may be related to Wheal Virgin and Hock Tor which were worked earlier in the 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 612 883
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of Knack Tin Mine (also known as Steeperton) 400 metres south-west of Steeperton Tor, an 18th century Tin Mine worked between the 1850s-1880s
  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of Knack Tin Mine (also known as Steeperton) 400 metres south-west of Steeperton Tor, an 18th century Tin Mine worked between the 1850s-1880s

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/17
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIN MINE (XVIII to XIX - 1799 AD? to 1881 AD (Between))

Full description

HARRIS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV22166.

Knack, tin-mine. At foot of steeperton tor beside the infant river taw are numerous undulations but nothing spectacular to mark the site of steeperton or knack tin mine. No records of production (harris).

25/10/1983, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242802.

Area surveyed at 1:200 by t. Greeves + r. Robinson (25/10/1983). Plans in possession of t. Greeves.

AV, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242803.

'knack mine disused' shown on os 6" 1965 map. 'mine' shown on ap transcription by rchm app - no reference given (av).

1835, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242804.

Steeperton tor tin mine, also known as 'knack' and 'knock' mine. No specific references before 1853, but references to 'wheel virgin' (1799 and 1836) and hock tor (1835) may refer to this site.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242808.

Ramsden, j. V. /tda/84(1952)97 fig.1/notes on the mines of devonshire.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242809.

H. M. Stationery office/abandoned mines/(1929).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242810.

Crossing, w. M. /guide to dartmoor/(1909).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242811.

Harris, h.(1968)industrial archaeology of dartmoor/202.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242812.

Des=plan(1:200)in parish file.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV242813.

Aph=no reference.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242814.

Os 6" 1965 map.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242815.

Ducky of cornwall office london/bundle:miscellaneous 1830-1835/(16 sep 1834).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242816.

Duchy of cornwall office bradninch/ls(13/6/1876);lr(15/6/1876).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242817.

Greeves, t. A. P. /tda/117(1985)101-127/steeperton tor tin mine,dartmoor, devon,figs 1-6.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242818.

Des=greeves, t. /an assessment of dartmoor tin working/(1990)29/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242819.

Des=greeves, t. /dtrg newsletter/13(july 1997)7-8/dartmoor mines in 1799.

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

Licence of steeperton tor sett granted in 1853. Burst of activity in 1870s, to which most of the surviving surface structures probably belong. Workings found to be in a dangerous state in 1876. Wheelpit dug in 1877 to house waterwheel purchased from gobbett mine (see subsheet). In 1878 one ton of black tin was sold, and 27 men employed. The following year the mine was in liquidation, and in 1880-1881 all plant was sold by auction. See subsheets for surviving features (greeves).

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Remains of this mine are visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV22166Migrated Record: HARRIS.
SDV242802Migrated Record: 25/10/1983.
SDV242803Migrated Record: AV.
SDV242804Migrated Record: 1835.
SDV242808Migrated Record:
SDV242809Migrated Record:
SDV242810Migrated Record:
SDV242811Migrated Record:
SDV242812Migrated Record:
SDV242813Aerial Photograph:
SDV242814Migrated Record:
SDV242815Migrated Record:
SDV242816Migrated Record:
SDV242817Migrated Record:
SDV242818Migrated Record:
SDV242819Migrated Record:
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91947 ]
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments

MDV27715Parent of: Openwork west of the River Taw (Monument)
MDV27716Parent of: Openwork west of the River Taw (Monument)
MDV42329Related to: Building at Steeperton Tor Tin Mine (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2018 12:12PM