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HER Number:MDV53114
Name:Shafts at Tamar Valley Mine

Summary

Three shafts at the southern end of the Tamar Valley silver and lead mine, shown on late 19th and early 20th century maps.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 437 674
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBere Ferrers
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBERE FERRERS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46NW/523/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHAFT (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Three shafts, on a north-south alignment, are shown at the southern end of the Tamar Valley mine. The northern shaft is marked 'Old Shaft' and the other two 'Shaft'. Spoil heaps and two small buildings are also shown.


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

Three shafts, on a north-south alignment, are shown at the southern end of the Tamar Valley mine. The northern shaft is shown but not labelled and the others are shown as 'Old Shaft' with associated earthworks.


Ordnance Survey, 1907, 111NW (Cartographic). SDV323423.

'Old Shafts' of the Tamar Valley Mine marked on 1907 map.


Ordnance Survey, 1954, SX46NW (Cartographic). SDV340283.


Hoskins, W. G., 1966, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV337604.


Nance, R. W. + Nance, R. D., 1996, A Survey of Engine Houses on the Mines of South Devon, 118 (Article in Serial). SDV241746.

The engine at Tamar Valley mine, given its north-south orientation, could have operated flatrods to other more distant shafts either up or down the valley.


Dyer, M. J. + Manning, P. T., 1998, Objective 5B: Lower Tamar Valley Recreation and Land Management Iinitiative: Cultural Heritage Appraisal, 44 (Report - non-specific). SDV319814.


Buck, C., 1998, Preliminary Assessment of Industrial Sites of Archaeological Importance in the Tamar Valley, 53 (Report - Assessment). SDV336795.

Site visit on 11th March 1998. Shafts (some fenced) and lode-back pits along the bottom of the valley, east of the footpath, are indicative of medieval/post-medieval mining. Many not visible, choked with vegetation. Other details: Site 71.


Rippon, S. + Claughton, P. + Smart, C., 2009, Mining in a Medieval Landscape: The Royal Silver Mines of the Tamar Valley, 69, 78 (Monograph). SDV344097.

A new silver mine was opened up at Butspill in the late 17th century. This was on the same mineralised crosscourse as the medieval workings, but well to the north, and there is no evidence to suggest that it was worked during the earlier period. Other details: Figure 4.3.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV241746Article in Serial: Nance, R. W. + Nance, R. D.. 1996. A Survey of Engine Houses on the Mines of South Devon. Mining History: Bulletin PDMHS. The Archaeology of Mining and Metallurgy in South-West Britain. 13, Number 2. A4 Paperback. 118.
SDV319814Report - non-specific: Dyer, M. J. + Manning, P. T.. 1998. Objective 5B: Lower Tamar Valley Recreation and Land Management Iinitiative: Cultural Heritage Appraisal. Exeter Archaeology Report. 98.60. A4 Stapled + Digital. 44.
SDV323423Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 111NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94559 ]
SDV336795Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 1998. Preliminary Assessment of Industrial Sites of Archaeological Importance in the Tamar Valley. Cornwall Archaeological Unit Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 53.
SDV337604Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1966. Old Devon. Paperback Volume.
SDV340283Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1954. SX46NW. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV344097Monograph: Rippon, S. + Claughton, P. + Smart, C.. 2009. Mining in a Medieval Landscape: The Royal Silver Mines of the Tamar Valley. Mining in a Medieval Landscape: The Royal Silver Mines of the Tamar Valley. Paperback Volume. 69, 78.

Associated Monuments

MDV5447Part of: Tamar Valley Mine, Buttspill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 3 2010 9:12AM