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HER Number:MDV56588
Name:TINNERS BUILDING in the Parish of Whitchurch


Vis=estimated -/-/1975 (greeves)well preserved remains of a little rectangular building with thick walls 4' high. A large fireplace occupies the e side. Probably used by 19c mineworkers (greeves).


Grid Reference:SX 549 754
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWhitchurch
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and building remains of the Merrivale Bridge Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/95/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

PATTISON, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV151316.

In the e end there is a rectangular fireplace 0.8m wide, 0.8m high and 0.9m deep, capped by a single lintel with a stone lined chimney flue. The latter is visible in plan as a rough aperture 0.5m in diam. The e end is built onto the quarried edge of the streamwork and so post-dates extraction in this locality. This fact, and the excellent preservation of the building, suggests it to be a tinner's shelter, probably of 19c date. Nothing is shown in 1887 (citing 'plymouth mineral and mining', with no further reference) (pattison).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=25/10/1980 (os) at sx53537569. A probable tinner's hut, situated at the head of an area of tin streaming.

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270024.

The building, of undressed moorstone, measures 3m by 2.3m internally with walling 1.3m. High and 1.1m. Wide. There is an entrance in the w end and a fireplace in the e end. Probably postmedieval (nmr, citing os).

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV270025.

Vis=18/1/1988 (rchme) at sx53537569; a rectangular building with apsidal e end is situated in an area of wet valley bog at the head of an extensive streamwork. It has an internal area of 2.8m by 2m defined by walling 1.2m to 1.6m wide at the base, with a pronounced external batter of 0.35m. The apsidal e end is 2.5m wide at max arc and here the building is 5.2m wide as opposed to 4m at the w end. The walls are constructed of unworked moorstone which is roughly-coursed and partly turf-covered. They stand to a height of between 1m and 1.5m. A simple entrance 0.8m wide is visible in the w. End.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270027.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270028.

Des=os 6"(1887)106nw.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV270029.

Des=pattison, p. /(18/1/1988)/rchme field investigation.

Greeves, T. A. P., Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV69961.

Vis=estimated -/-/1975 (greeves)well preserved remains of a little rectangular building with thick walls 4' high. A large fireplace occupies the e side. Probably used by 19c mineworkers (greeves).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV151316Migrated Record: PATTISON.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV270024Migrated Record: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV270025Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV270027Migrated Record:
SDV270028Migrated Record:
SDV270029Migrated Record:
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 24 2018 12:21PM