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HER Number:MDV5859
Name:FINDSPOT in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest

Summary

The barracks, postbridge. Burnard described and illustrated similar mould stones near ruins of buildings known as the barracks. In 1937 one still to be found in a pig sty where it had functioned as a trough. The other mortar was buried in turf but worth excavated it. These moulds are the best worked to be seen on dartmoor. Squared and dressed the cavities are carefully formed to determined dimensions as they both agree precisely. Probably of a late date (worth, 1953).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 648 787
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/24

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (XIV to XVII - 1400 AD to 1699 AD? (Between))

Full description

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

Vis=8/1/1952 (os) two tin mould stones at the site of a blowing house. No trace of these stones to be found, the depth of the stone is not known as the stone is flush with the ground. The ingots would have weighed 221kg. Depth of mould 0.2m (os).

WORTH, 1953, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265778.

The barracks, postbridge. Burnard described and illustrated similar mould stones near ruins of buildings known as the barracks. In 1937 one still to be found in a pig sty where it had functioned as a trough. The other mortar was buried in turf but worth excavated it. These moulds are the best worked to be seen on dartmoor. Squared and dressed the cavities are carefully formed to determined dimensions as they both agree precisely. Probably of a late date (worth, 1953).

NMR CITING ?DPA OR UNACKNOWLEDGED SOURCE, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265780.

In a pasture field a slightly disturbed area, 6m by 8m is all that is visible, with the exception of a single mould stone. If there was a building here it has been removed or infilled. A well kept leat 25m to the s can be traced to the river but no branch or former course can be traced to the site (nmr citing ?dpa or unacknowledged source).

NMR CITING DPA, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265781.

A thin mould stone is all that remains on the site of the smelting house known as the "barracks". A photograph date c 1889 shows a ruined building at the site but it cannot be positively identified as a blowing house. Any remains of a structure have now been totally effaced (nmr citing dpa).

NMR CITING NEWMAN, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV265783.

Vis=22/11/1993 (rchm) a tin mould made from a single piece of granite lies partially buried at sx 64807880. It has a rectangular mould indentation of 0.55m by 0.33m by 0.18m deep (nmr citing newman).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265785.

Worth, r. H. /tda/70(1938)452/dartmoor blowing houses.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265786.

Worth, r. H. /tda/72(1940)214/the dartmoor blowing house.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265787.

Baring gould, s. /tda/34(1902)165/8th report of the dartmoor exploration committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265788.

Worth, r. H. /tda/70(1938)159/7th report of the plymouth and district branch.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265789.

Osa=sx67nw27/plan.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265790.

Dartmoor preservation association/a dartmoor century/ 26(1983).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265791.

Worth, r. H. /dartmoor/(1953)294.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265792.

Des=newman, p. /(22/11/1993)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV265793.

Des=greeves, t. /tin smelting in devon in the 18th & 19th centuries/in newman, p.(ed)/the archaeology of mining + metallurgy in south west britain/(1996)84-90/(mining history: bulletins pdmhs, vol 13 no 2).

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

One mould stone from the smelting house survives at ngr sx64817880. The top measurement of its cavity is 0.6m x 0.36m + the mould could have held up to 83.5kg of tin metal (greeves).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV265778Migrated Record: WORTH, 1953.
SDV265780Migrated Record: NMR CITING ?DPA OR UNACKNOWLEDGED SOURCE.
SDV265781Migrated Record: NMR CITING DPA.
SDV265783Report - Survey: NMR CITING NEWMAN.
SDV265785Migrated Record:
SDV265786Migrated Record:
SDV265787Migrated Record:
SDV265788Migrated Record:
SDV265789Migrated Record:
SDV265790Migrated Record:
SDV265791Migrated Record:
SDV265792Migrated Record:
SDV265793Migrated Record:
SDV69961Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P..

Associated Monuments

MDV105841Related to: House south of Postbridge clapper bridge (Building)
MDV63088Related to: Smelting House at Postbridge (Building)

Associated Finds

  • FDV3232 - MOULDSTONE (XIV to XVII - 1400 AD to 1699 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV8487 - Excavation at blowing house near Postbridge, The Barracks

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2021 3:34PM