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HER Number:MDV56752
Name:Alluvial streamwork earthworks within the valley bottom of the River Plym

Summary

The earthworks include around 15 parallel gently curving dumps lying approximately at right angles to the river. At the north and southern end the curved banks are replaced by a series of straight banks. The dumps are up to 1 metre high and are 3 metres wide on average. In places the upper courses of the revetment known as stiling are visible, particularly within the southern part of the area. The spoil dumps were formed by waste material being thrown systematically downstream into previously worked areas. The alignment and shape of the mounds indicates that exploitation was carried out using only shovels to dispose of the waste gravel and stones.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 564 648
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMeavy
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/526
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV166498.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities - the south west/3(1994)map 51.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV166499.

Gerrard, g. A. M. /the early cornish tin industry: an arch. & historical survey/(1968)77-86/unpub. Ph. D. Thesis (sduc lampeter).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV166500.

Des=pwdro/72/1034/(1625).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV166501.

Des=pwdro/72/990/15,21,22,66.


SB, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV20271.

Streamwork plotted by rchm app 1985 is centred on sx56356460. No further reference (sb).


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140627, 1/4/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Area of alluvial streamwork earthworks within the valley bottom of the River Plym. The earthworks include around 15 parallel gently curving dumps lying approximately at right angles to the river. At the north and southern end the curved banks are replaced by a series of straight banks. The dumps are up to 1 metre high and are 3 metres wide on average. In places the upper courses of the revetment known as stiling are visible, particularly within the southern part of the area. The spoil dumps were formed by waste material being thrown systematically downstream into previously worked areas. The alignment and shape of the mounds indicates that exploitation was carried out using only shovels to dispose of the waste gravel and stones.
Two named tinworks are recorded in this vicinity. These earthworks may therefore be identified with one, both or none of the following documented tinworks:
A) `Trowlsworthy' recorded in 1625.
B) `Brisworthy/Brissory Meadowe alias Swynowe Wrosell/Brisserie Meadowe alias Syynowe Wrosell/Brightsworthy Mede/Brightsworthy Meade/Brightsworthy Meed recorded in 1527, 1538, 1589 and 1633. A well preserved, complex and extensive alluvial streamwork survives within Brisworthy Burrows which lies adjacent to and west of this item.


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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166498Migrated Record:
SDV166499Migrated Record:
SDV166500Migrated Record:
SDV166501Migrated Record:
SDV20271Migrated Record: SB.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140627, 1/4/1995.
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Nov 9 2015 10:37AM