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HER Number:MDV54549
Name:Trial pits on Shovel Down, Gidleigh

Summary

A line of seven tin pits on a north-east by south-west axis ascend the moderate north-east flank of Shovel Down. The pits average 4.0 metres in diameter and all possess spoil tips on their east sides. Most have been backfilled though the two pits have collapsed so exposing their shafts.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 658 862
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE145
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/287
  • Pastscape: 901425

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRIAL PIT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Marchand, J., 1993, Mining remains on Shovel Down, 19/10/1993 (Worksheet). SDV257717.

SX65928618 Site visit revealed a recent ground collapse has revealed circa 6 metres of an adit or horizontal shaft, as well as a number of trial pits in the area.


English Heritage, 2005, Industrial Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV346396.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 11/10/1991 (Website). SDV360651.

SX65958625 to SX65828615. A line of seven tin pits on a north-east by south-west axis ascend the moderate north-east flank of Shovel Down. The pits average 4.0 metres in diameter and all possess spoil tips on their east sides. Most have been backfilled though the two north-east pits have collapsed so exposing their shafts.
These pits were apparently drained by an adit (MDV54547) at the foot of the slope immediately west of Batworthy Corner (citing Probert, S. A. J., 11/10/1991, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV257717Worksheet: Marchand, J.. 1993. Mining remains on Shovel Down. Worksheet. Digital. 19/10/1993.
SDV346396Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Industrial Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112466 ]
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 11/10/1991.

Associated Monuments

MDV54547Related to: Adit on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV14882Related to: Alignment J on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV58363Related to: Streamworks at Batworthy Corner, Gidleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Jul 20 2018 9:54AM