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HER Number:MDV4735
Name:Bachelors Hall Tin Mine


Bachelors hall mine was at sx599736, but little is left to see. Small quantities of tin were worked in the early part of the 19th century (harris).


Grid Reference:SX 597 734
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Extensive earthwork and structural remains of the late 18th century Devonport Leat, Bronze Age features north-east of Nun’s Cross, Whiteworks Tin Mine and other tinning remains on Walkhampton Common as well as earthworks of Bachelors Hall Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/117
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIN MINE (XVIII to XIX - 1795 AD to 1879 AD (Between))

Full description

FLETCHER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV10257.

A. A series of small tinpits, possibly contemporary with the early opencast working of the area. B. Three shafts, 'footway', 'engine' and 'ann's' shafts, running nne-ssw along the main tin lode. All 3 are now collapsed and capped. C. A whim, attached to 'engine shaft' about 11m in diam within a bank 3.5m wide, 0.6m high with entrance in the wsw. D. Shallow adit, one of 3 adits known to have been associated with the mine. E. Two dressing floors with associated earthen platforms for buddles. F. Two wheel pits associated with stamps and dressing floors. G. The main wheelpit. H. A pump rod gulley from the main waterwheel up to 'engine shaft'. I. The prison, or foul leat. Initially called the bachelor's hall leat and only extending as far as the mine it was once the only source of water. After being taken over for use by the prison, mainly for sewage disposal, it was extended s and discontinued from mine use; it is now defunct. J. Blackbrook leat. Its construction probably necessitated by the original leat being used for the prison. Now also defunct. K. Small reservoirs associated with the treatment areas of the mine. L. Areas of ridge and furrow cultivation, possibly contemporary with the mine. M. The devonport, or dock, leat skirting the e side of the mine. Surveyed at 1:500 (fletcher).

HARRIS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV22166.

Bachelors hall mine was at sx599736, but little is left to see. Small quantities of tin were worked in the early part of the 19th century (harris).

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV262854.

Vis=15/10/1990 (rchme) bachelor's hall mine, centred at sx59787345. A tin mine opened in 1795 originally as an opencast working and closed in 1862. Though now thoroughly stripped of most of its stonework and associated fittings the majority of its main features re clearly evident as well-defined turf covered earthworks or scarps. These features comprise:.

IE. DEVONPORT, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262856.

'batchelor's hall' mine was one of 11 mines working on dartmoor in 1799. It was owned by grey & co and had been discovered in 1795 when digging the 'dock leat' (ie. Devonport) (greeves).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262858.

Harris, h. /industrial archaeology of devon/(1968)203.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262859.

Greeves, t. A. P. /historical notes on bachelors hall mine, and survey drawing/(1980)/typescript in parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262860.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262861.

Des=fletcher, m. J. /(15/10/1990)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262862.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262863.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262864.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262865.

Des=greeves, t. /dartmoor magazine/49(winter 1997)6-8/tin stamping mills of dartmoor after ad 1750.

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

Vis=-/10/1980 (greeves) in this area several shafts, an adit, two dressing floors and a possible whim plat and engine shaft may be seen.(see also sx67sw/33). The first lease for work here was granted in 1795, and work seems to have ended in the 1870's.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Remains of the mine in the form of earthworks are depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV10257Migrated Record: FLETCHER.
SDV22166Migrated Record: HARRIS.
SDV262854Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV262856Migrated Record: IE. DEVONPORT.
SDV262858Migrated Record:
SDV262859Migrated Record:
SDV262860Migrated Record:
SDV262861Migrated Record:
SDV262862Migrated Record:
SDV262863Migrated Record:
SDV262864Migrated Record:
SDV262865Migrated Record:
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #92907 ]
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments

MDV54420Parent of: Corn Mill at Bachelor's Hall (Monument)
MDV63089Parent of: SMELTING HOUSE in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV12972Parent of: STAMPING MILL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54472Parent of: STREAMWORKS in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54473Parent of: TIN MILL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6267Related to: Bachelor's Hall Tin Mine, Princetown (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 24 2015 3:22PM