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HER Number:MDV5101
Name:Tin Mill on the east bank of the River Avon


Remains of tin mill, above fishlake foot.


Grid Reference:SX 648 683
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of medieval or later streamworking on the River Avon north of Rider's Mire as well as structural remains of tinners' buildings
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of medieval or later streamworking on the River Avon north of Rider's Mire as well as structural remains of tinners' buildings

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/25
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIN MILL (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1142.

Vis=est=-/-/1980 (robinson) this building may be a tin mill as traces of a leat, launder and wheelpit can be seen. In ruinous condition. Long axis n-s, internal overall length c.7.5m. Entrance in middle of west side. A leat can be traced from the avon, leading to a bank of the right height to take a launder, and a wheelpit lies to the north end of the mill (worksheet).

RCHME, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144518.

Vis=20/8/1977 (os) sx64906834. Two small irregular tinners huts built hard against the river cliff on the e bank of the avon at 440m od. They measure c.3m by 2m internally, and have opposed entrances 0.8m wide, opening onto a common passage 0.8m wide and up to 1.2m high. No features to suggest that this is a blowing house. Probably a tinners hut (rchme, citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233961.

Remains of tin mill, above fishlake foot.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV233966.

Vis=not visible (rchm app 1985).

27/7/1983, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV233967.

Vis=site surveyed at 1:100 by t. Greeves + r. Robinson (27/7/1983). Plans in possession of t. Greeves.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233968.

Worth, r. H. /tda/64(1932)318-20/blowing houses in the valleys of the sheepstor brook, the meavy, the erme and the avon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233969.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233970.

Des=worksheet/sketch, plan.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233971.

Crossing, w. /guide to dartmoor/(1912)465.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233972.

Des=pers comm, greeves, t.(1980).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233973.

Crossing, w. /amid devonia's alps/(1888)44-45.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233974.

Des=greeves, t. /list of known devon tin mills c.1450-c.1750/(1981)no.26 (in smr).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233975.

Des=plan(1:100)in parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233976.

Devon archaeology/3(1985)33-40.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233977.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233978.

Bodman, m. /water-powered sites in devon/(1998)1,19/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV233979.

Greeves, t. /an assessment of dartmoor tin working/(1990)41/in smr.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=17/10/1950 (os) fishlake, one of two buildings on the left bank of the river avon.

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

Vis=10/8/1980 (greeves) definitely the site of a tin mill. Wheelpit, leat embankment and leat seen. Tin mill (undocumented). Field evidence confirms status of mills (greeves).

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1142Migrated Record:
SDV144518Migrated Record: RCHME, CITING OS.
SDV233961Migrated Record:
SDV233966Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV233967Report - Survey: 27/7/1983.
SDV233968Migrated Record:
SDV233969Migrated Record:
SDV233970Migrated Record:
SDV233971Migrated Record:
SDV233972Migrated Record:
SDV233973Migrated Record:
SDV233974Migrated Record:
SDV233975Migrated Record:
SDV233976Migrated Record:
SDV233977Migrated Record:
SDV233978Migrated Record:
SDV233979Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments

MDV28958Related to: Streamworks at Avon Head (Monument)
MDV5100Related to: Tinners building south of Fish Lake (Building)
MDV28299Related to: Trial pits north of Fish Lake Mire (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 15 2013 3:33PM