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HER Number:MDV61746
Name:Mining remains west of Huntingdon Warren, Dartmoor Forest


Remains of a tin mine to the west of Huntingdon Warren including a shaft and two buildings


Grid Reference:SX 650 666
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and walling remains of two ruined post-medieval mine buildings and associated mine shafts and tips to the west of Huntingdon Warren, which may be the remains of Wheal Dorothy, mentioned in the late 18th century

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/300
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T., 1984, Mining remains at Huntingdon Warren (Worksheet). SDV252096.

Site visited on 8th June 1984. Mine shaft and two associated buildings on east side of the Huntingdon Warren boundary ditch, which changes direction at this point. The larger structure is approx 4 metres by 4 metres internally, with a recess approx 2 metres by 1 metre. The other, approx 4 metres by 2 metres internally, lies approx 16 metres south-west of the first. Its long axis is parallel with the warren boundary ditch. This site could be identified with Wheal Dorothy, mentioned in 1759.

English Heritage, 2005, Industrial Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV346396.

The site consists of two large shafts, spoil heaps and two ruined buildings. These adjoining shafts are irregular in outline but average 6 metres in diameter and are currently around 2.5 metres deep.
Mine shafts and buildings depicted. Map object based on this source.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Two buildings are depicted on the modern map. Map object based on this source.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Features shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

Remains of a tin mine, probably Wheal Dorothy, of which little is known other than its name which is mentioned by Burnard (1891) and Crossing (1909), though it is likely to have been operational long before those dates. The working is limited to a cluster of pits and a deep pit working at SX 6507 6662. This comprises two conjoined pits of approximately 5 metres deep, with substantial spoil heaps around the exterior. An apparent drainage adit, now blocked, cuts into the slope on the south side of the pits and a channel leads away to the east. There are two buildings associated with the pits. The larger sits on the eastern lip of the pit. It has an L shape footprint with a narrow section on the east end. The internal dimensions are 2 metres by 5.7 metres overall by up to 0.6 metres high and the narrow section at the eastern end is 1 metre wide. There is a possible entrance opening on the south west side. The stone foundations of a second structure are sited to the south. It comprises a stone-lined hollow of 3.7 metres by 2.5 metres by 0.3 metres deep. The scale of these workings suggest this mine never went further than an exploratory phase.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV252096Worksheet: Greeves, T.. 1984. Mining remains at Huntingdon Warren.
SDV346396Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Industrial Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #125452 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV25036Related to: Boundary of Huntingdon Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:May 15 2020 11:25AM