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HER Number:MDV49838
Name:Blackdowns Whetstone Workings


Whetstone workings nearly continuous along the western escarpment of the Blackdowns. Miners' tracks survive as public footpaths and bridleways.


Grid Reference:ST 096 080
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKentisbeare
Civil ParishSheldon
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishKENTISBEARE
Ecclesiastical ParishSHELDON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST00NE/75

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, CPE/ UK 1974, 4292-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV110669.

Whetstone workings, like those of ST00NE-048, visible on RAF 1947 AP. Cutting into hillslope between c ST09800855 and c ST09500750.

Stanes, R., 1993, Devonshire Batts, 71-112 (Article in Serial). SDV338456.

The mine workings were nearly continuous along the western escarpment of the Blackdowns. In 1825 the escarpment was easily distinguishable by the white line produced by heaps of spoil thrown down from the workings. Tunnels up to 400 yards long were dug into the hillside. The white line is no longer visible but the sites of the workings can still be found and miners' tracks survive as public footpaths and bridleways.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV110669Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. CPE/ UK 1974. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4292-3.
SDV338456Article in Serial: Stanes, R.. 1993. Devonshire Batts. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 125. A5 Paperback. 71-112.

Associated Monuments

MDV110227Part of: Whetstone Mines Around North Hill, Black Down, Blackborough Common, Tower Plot and Newcombe Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 9 2019 10:09AM