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HER Number:MDV49064
Name:Martin's Shaft, South Devon United Mine


'Martin's Shaft (disused)' indicated on the late 19th century and early 20th century historic maps.


Grid Reference:SX 719 675
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks, structures and below ground remains of the South Devon United Mines, a mid-19th century copper mining enterprise in Brook Wood, as well as part of the Wheal Emma Leat

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX76NW77
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 143341
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/20/4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE SHAFT (Constructed, XIX - 1856 AD (Between) to 1877 AD (Between))
  • WHIM HOUSE (Constructed, XIX - 1856 AD (Between) to 1877 AD (Between))

Full description

1963, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV167072.

'martin's shaft (disused)' indicated on os 6" (1906) but not on os 6" (1963) (os).

ADAS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV167073.

Vis=22/2/1995 (adas) shaft is fenced off from surrounding woodland (adas).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV167074.

Des=os 6"(1906)114ne.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV167075.

Des=adas record sheet/in smr.

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

Newman, P., 2005, Brookwood and Wheal Emma Copper Mines, Buckfastleigh, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV359199.

(30/04/2005) Martin's Shaft. A walled mine shaft and adjacent whim plat at Brookwood Mine, a copper mine which operated between 1845 -1885, latterly under the name of South Devon United mines (1878-1885). Martin's Shaft is the easternmost and lowest of the Brookwood Mine shafts and is sited approximately 10m above the floodplain of the River Mardle. The shaft is open, though water filled. It is surrounded by a low stone wall and has been recently fenced for safety. The shaft has a large spoil heap associated with it both on the slope beneath the shafthead and to the east where an 8m- high finger dump extends 30m along the slope. An earthwork whim plat is adjacent to and south-east of Martin's Shaft at SX 7194 6757. The circular platform has a diameter of 8m and has a 1m scarp on the south, uphill side. The plat would have accommodated a horse whim for hoisting in Martin's Shaft.
Mine surveyed at 1:1000 scale and described in detail.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV167072Migrated Record: 1963.
SDV167073Report - Survey: ADAS.
SDV167074Migrated Record:
SDV167075Migrated Record:
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359199Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2005. Brookwood and Wheal Emma Copper Mines, Buckfastleigh, Devon: An Archaeological Survey. English Heritage. A1/01/2005. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV49062Part of: South Devon United Copper Mine, Buckfastleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6840 - Survey of Brookwood and Wheal Emma Copper Mines (Ref: AI/01/2005)

Date Last Edited:Mar 28 2022 1:11PM