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HER Number:MDV55260
Name:Streamworks within the valley bottom of the Blacka Brook

Summary

An extensive alluvial streamwork is situated within the valley bottom of the Blacka Brook. The waste dumps, water channels, work areas or tyes associated with this extractive operation survive over a large area.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 570 638
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/487/6
  • Old SAM Ref: 24248

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV146408.

Gerrard, g. A. M. /the early cornish tin industry: an archaeological & historical survey/(1986)/unpub phd thesis sduc lampeter.


Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 431 (Monograph). SDV320981.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130927, 30/6/1994 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

An extensive alluvial streamwork is situated within the valley bottom of the Blacka Brook. The waste dumps, water channels, work areas or tyes associated with this extractive operation survive over a large area. Detailed survey of this streamwork would be required to elucidate its true character and developmental sequences. A very small part of this streamwork is included within SAM 24248 because a pair of pillow mounds were constructed on top of the earlier tinwork. This part of the streamwork includes parts of spoil dumps represented by linear banks and hollows which indicate the position of partially backfilled tyes. The alignment and shape of the mounds indicates that exploitation was carried out in a north-easterly direction, using only shovels to dispose of the waste gravel and stones.
A tinwork is documented at Trowlsworthy in 1625 and this may relate to some of the earthworks found within the Blacka Brook.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, Map 51 (Monograph). SDV137656.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Area of the streamworks depicted on the modern mapping.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. Map 51.
SDV146408Migrated Record:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130927, 30/6/1994.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 431.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #95177 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV32069Related to: Pillow mound 490 metres south of Trowlesworthy Warren House (Monument)
MDV32066Related to: Pillow mound 790 metres north-north-east of Blackaton Cross (Monument)
MDV55290Related to: Pillow mound 860 metres south-south-east of Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV14358Related to: Vermin trap 520 metres south-south-west of Trowlesworthy Warren House (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon

Date Last Edited:Dec 14 2015 11:59AM