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HER Number:MDV4747
Name:Huntingdon Tin Mine


Huntingdon tin mine on Buckfastleigh Moor was worked in the earlier 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 669 669
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of Huntingdon Medieval Warren including pillow mounds, vermin traps and warren house, Bronze Age hut circles, enclosures, and the Huntingdon Barrow as well as old tin workings including Huntingdon Tin Mine, Gibby Beam and Wellabrook Girt

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/107
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Lysons, D. + Lysons, S., 1822, Magna Britannica (Monograph). SDV323771.

Unknown, 1859-1864, Unknown (Article in Serial). SDV350956.

Spargo, T., 1864, Mines of Cornwall and Devon (Monograph). SDV242422.

Spargo, T., 1866, Mines of Cornwall and Devon (Monograph). SDV228100.

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

Huntington Tin Mine (Disused) marked on 1880s-1890s mapping.

Crossing, W., 1901, A Hundred Years on Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV350954.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV320981.

H. M. Stationary Office, 1929, Abandoned Mines (Unknown). SDV228098.

Huntingdon, Lydford. Devon Wheal Tor. Tin mine. Plan R 120 F M.R.C.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4272 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Ramsden, J. V., 1952, Notes on the Mines of Devonshire, 92, Figs. 1.93, 1.96 (Article in Serial). SDV60737.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 194 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Huntingdon Mine is a remnant of workings which extended into the northern end of the parish from Buckfastleigh Moor. The mine was being worked early in the 19th century when it was known as Dean Wheal Tor, but was probably abandoned by 1815. It reopened in about 1864, small quantities of tin being obtained. The overgrown remains of two wheel houses (pits), parts of the courses of the leats which supplied them from the west wella brook, and sites of buildings can be traced. No adits or shafts are visible, but a line of funnel shaped pits may have been sunk for the purpose of exploring the lode, and possibly served to ventilate the mine.

The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Unit, 1985, The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV340940.

Openworks run uphill to SX67456703 where they continue for a short distance as a line of trial pits.

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

Pits visible on aerial photograph. Map object based on this source.

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

Huntingdon Tin Mine marked as disused on modern mapping. Map object based on this source.

Walter, N., July 2007, Letter, 7 (Article in Serial). SDV350957.

Huntington Warren Mine on the access track to Warren House with the remains of a possibly engine shaft.

Unknown, Unknown, Memoirs of the Geological Survey, 338 Devon, 349 Ivybridge (Report - Survey). SDV350955.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4272.
SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 194.
SDV228098Unknown: H. M. Stationary Office. 1929. Abandoned Mines. Abandoned Mines. Unknown.
SDV228100Monograph: Spargo, T.. 1866. Mines of Cornwall and Devon. Unknown.
SDV242422Monograph: Spargo, T.. 1864. Mines of Cornwall and Devon. Mines of Cornwall and Devon. Unknown.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV323771Monograph: Lysons, D. + Lysons, S.. 1822. Magna Britannica. Magna Britannica: A Concise Topographical Account of The Several Counties o. 6: Devonshire. Unknown.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340940Interpretation: The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Unit. 1985. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project. The Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project. Map (Paper).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV350954Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1901. A Hundred Years on Dartmoor. A Hundred Years on Dartmoor. Unknown.
SDV350955Report - Survey: Unknown. Unknown. Memoirs of the Geological Survey. Unknown. 338 Devon, 349 Ivybridge.
SDV350956Article in Serial: Unknown. 1859-1864. Unknown. Mining Journal. Unknown.
SDV350957Article in Serial: Walter, N.. July 2007. Letter. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 19. Unknown. 7.
SDV60737Article in Serial: Ramsden, J. V.. 1952. Notes on the Mines of Devonshire. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 84. A5 Hardback. 92, Figs. 1.93, 1.96.

Associated Monuments

MDV24782Related to: Leat on Hickaton Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 6 2015 12:45PM