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HER Number:MDV52819
Name:Powder Magazine to the south-west of Powdermill Gunpowder Factory


Powder magazine 530 metres to the south-west of Powder Mills gunpowder factory


Grid Reference:SX 625 765
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/304
  • Old SAM Ref: 28718.05

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POWDER MAGAZINE (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Magazine' shown on 19th century map as a small rectangular building circa 90 metres west of the track leading to the Powdermills gunpowder factory complex. A track running east to west with a turning loop at the western end serves the building.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Rectangular building shown on early 20th century map.

Dawson, T. + Hambley, J., 1995, A Survey of the Service and Accommodation Buildings belonging to the Powdermills Gunpowder Factory, Postbridge, 14,Figures 1,10.15, Plate 16 (Report - Survey). SDV351071.

Building 516: Main factory magazine built in the 19th century at Powder Mills gunpowder factory. It lies 120 metres nort-west of the ruined 'Powdermills Cottages'. It is visible as foundations and consisted of a small rectangular building orientated north to south and constructed of granite rubble with dressed quoins. The south-east corner is the best preserved standing three courses high. The remaining walls are visible as low earthen banks. The entrance probably lay in the centre of the south wall. A turning loop was provided for the carts and this and the trackway leading to it off the main access road to the factory is still visible.

Gerrard, S., 1998, 149301 (Migrated Record). SDV218738.

Visited on 30th November 1998. Powder magazine 420 metres south-west of Powder Mills Farm forming an outlying part of Powdermills gunpowder works. Building 8.3 metres by 4.3 metres. Faced wall 0.55 metres wideand 0.5 metres high. Grass covered with upper course protruding through for most of its circuit. A raised track leads to this building. A large number of pits in the vicinity may be result of stone splitting or military activity. This building cuts through an earlier leat.

National Monument Record, 2013, 887470 (Website). SDV218735.

The remains of a rectangular stone building standing in an isolated position to the south west of Powder Mills.

English Heritage, 9/10/1981, Gunpowder factory at Powder Mills (Schedule Document). SDV350194.

To the south west of the gunpowder factory stands an isolated rectangular building in which finished gunpowder was stored prior to transportation.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV218735Website: National Monument Record. 2013. 887470.
SDV218738Migrated Record: Gerrard, S.. 1998. 149301. Monument Protection Programme.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94445 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350194Schedule Document: English Heritage. 9/10/1981. Gunpowder factory at Powder Mills. The Schedule of Monuments. Website.
SDV351071Report - Survey: Dawson, T. + Hambley, J.. 1995. A Survey of the Service and Accommodation Buildings belonging to the Powdermills Gunpowder Factory, Postbridge. Exeter Archaeology. 95.63. A4 Stapled + Digital. 14,Figures 1,10.15, Plate 16.

Associated Monuments

MDV5913Related to: Powder Mills Gunpowder Factory, Cherry Brook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6128 - Survey of the Service and Accommodation Buildings associated with Powdermills Gunpowder Factory (Ref: 95.63)

Date Last Edited:Apr 19 2013 12:29PM