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HER Number:MDV5168
Name:Possible clay or tin workings on Quickbeam Hill, Ugborough


Remains of a clay pit and extensive stone-built beds with some brickwork close by uphill of the pit. Newman describes this feature as a tin open work with tin prospecting pits to the west and south


Grid Reference:SX 653 650
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of the early 20th century China Clay works at Redlake Mine and the associated railway, as well as prehistoric remains on Ugborough Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/4
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • OPEN CUT (Constructed, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • PROSPECTING PIT (Constructed, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • CLAY WORKINGS? (Early 20th Century - 1911 AD to 1932 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 376 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 4275 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Gaskell Brown, C. + Hankin, C. (eds), 1975, Archaeological Checklist of Ugborough Parish, page 52/215 (IDOX) checklist (Un-published). SDV340715.

Quickbeam Hill, clay works at SX65306505. Situated on east side of the china clay rail track. A clay pit and close by uphill extensive stone-built beds with some brickwork.
Not clear which period this can be ascribed to, but probably 1911-1932. The Ordnance Survey Second Edition (approximately 1910) map does not show anything on Quickbeam Hill.
Crossing refers to this area as 'Whitey Mead'.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Claypit visible beside old tramway, area 0.8 hectares.

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

Area of workings visible on the aerial photography.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Features shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, Figure 36 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A discrete openwork of 160 metres long by up to 16 metres wide and 6 metres deep, and 10 dispersed trial pits represent the eastern limit of working along the Hook Lake tin deposits. A second cluster of 11 pits is located 82 metres to the south. This working is now separated from the main area of streamworks to the west by the trackbed of the 20th century Redlake railway. The pipeline of the clay pits (MDV5167) also traverses the tinwork, partly supported by a concrete causeway.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4275.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 376.
SDV340715Un-published: Gaskell Brown, C. + Hankin, C. (eds). 1975. Archaeological Checklist of Ugborough Parish. Parish Checklist. A4 Stapled. page 52/215 (IDOX) checklist.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #125428 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV13179Related to: Streamworks at Hook Lake, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Apr 28 2020 3:41PM