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HER Number:MDV56129
Name:Glebe Cottage; former Counthouse and Mine Captain's House for Devon Friendship Mine


Former Mine Captain's House and Counting House for Devon Friendship Mine. An adjoining structure was added sometime after 1840 thought to have been used to house animals. Both structures fell into disrepair and only the dwelling was repaired in the 1960s. After a 2006 planning application an extension was constructed over the footprint of the southern adjoining ruins.


Grid Reference:SX 505 793
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMary Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMARY TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of buildings and machinery, as well as earthwork and buried remains of features relating to the Wheal Friendship Mine, Mary Tavy, worked between 1700-1925

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/82/4
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • COUNTING HOUSE (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

Counthouse is depicted on the Tithe Map.

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

The First Edition map shows the counting house with adjoining structure now added to the southern end.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, pg 208 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Former mine captain's house and counthouse, built of slate and stone with an overhanging upper storey.

Unknown, 1990?, Unknown (Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry). SDV276627.

The counthouse (which also served as the Mine Captain's house) has recently been re-roofed.

Richardson, P. H. G., 1992, The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913, pg 36-47, Figure 5 (Article in Serial). SDV323598.

Counthouse was a private dwelling in 1990.

Clements, C., 2006, Householder Design and Access Statement (0920/06) (Planning Application). SDV349951.

The house was extensively repaired in the 1960s after falling into complete disrepair. The work was not particularly sympathetic. In 2006 an application was approved to demolish the remains of the original southern outbuilding and replace with a two-storey extension to the property.

Southwest Archaeology, 2007, Glebe Cottage, Mary Tavy. Results of a Desk-based Assessment, Historic Building Survey and Archaeological Watching Brief (Report - Assessment). SDV349948.

In 2007, the remains of the adjoining building were surveyed, excavated and recorded in the development of the site.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2011, Mary Tavy Conservation Area Character Appraisal, 27, figure 15 (Report - Assessment). SDV359468.

Glebe Cottage – Unlisted
This was the former Count House and as such is woven into the industrial history of the place. From here contracts were made for the prospecting and exploitation of the mineral resources. The crowds of workers that would have gathered here to discover whether they would be working, how and for how much is very different to the quiet residential character of today. The building is much altered now but a photo on the Parish website shows it as it was in the 1960’s.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. pg 208.
SDV276627Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry: Unknown. 1990?. Unknown.
SDV323598Article in Serial: Richardson, P. H. G.. 1992. The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913. British Mining. 44. A5 Paperback. pg 36-47, Figure 5.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #95456 ]
SDV349948Report - Assessment: Southwest Archaeology. 2007. Glebe Cottage, Mary Tavy. Results of a Desk-based Assessment, Historic Building Survey and Archaeological Watching Brief. Southwest Archaeology Report. 070710. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV349951Planning Application: Clements, C.. 2006. Householder Design and Access Statement (0920/06). Dartmoor National Park Planning Authority. Digital.
SDV359468Report - Assessment: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2011. Mary Tavy Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Dartmoor National Park Authority. Digital. 27, figure 15.

Associated Monuments

MDV4185Part of: Wheal Friendship Mine, Mary Tavy (Monument)
MDV56136Related to: Courtice's Shaft, Wheal Friendship (Monument)
MDV56137Related to: Inclined railway shaft, Wheal Friendship Mine (Monument)
MDV102596Related to: Remains of building adjoining the Counting House, Devon Friendship Mine (Building)
MDV102866Related to: Weir on Cholwell Brook in Mary Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5971 - Building survey at Glebe Cottage, Mary Tavy
  • EDV5972 - Watching brief at Glebe Cottage, Mary Tavy

Date Last Edited:May 15 2018 11:14AM