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HER Number:MDV61758
Name:Mine shafts for Shaptor Mine


Up to nine mine shafts associated with Shaptor Mine, arranged along two west-east lodes in Shaptor Woods, with associated mine dumps. Some of the shafts are open but others have collapsed. Remains of two collapsed stopes also in vicinity, which were used to access the shafts.


Grid Reference:SX 807 807
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of Shaptor Mine, which was worked in the late 19th/early 20th century for micaceous iron

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88SW/27/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE SHAFT (XIX to XX - 1890 AD to 1913 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Four 'air shafts' are depicted on the map (approximate date 1905). Map object based on this Source.

Ordnance Survey, 1930, 4th Edition (Cartographic). SDV339601.

No sign of the shafts/adits/dumps on the 1930 Ordnance Survey map (or any subsequent versions).

Greeves, T. A. P., 1978, Mines survey in Wray Cleave and Shaptor Woods (Report - Survey). SDV300583.

Up to nine shafts or trial pits, which may be connected with adit (PRN 61760). Believed to be connected to adits further downhill, which were part of Plumley mine. In operation for micaceous haematite in late 19th/early 20th century. It is likely there would have been other adit(s) further down the hillside, as it is not usual to have a single adit halfway up a slope. Other details: No scanned version of this parish file source at Dartmoor.

Kelly Mine Preservation Society, 2000, Shaptor Mine - surface features (Plan - measured). SDV347729.

Location of nine shafts (both open and collapsed) marked on plan of the surface features of the mine. Site of dumps, stopes and adit also indicated. Map object based on this Source.

Kelly Mine Preservation Society, 2000, The Remains of Shaptor Mine, 1-2 (Un-published). SDV347725.

Two lodes were worked at the mine, both running on an approximately west-east alignment. The northerly lode starts from the main adit (PRN 80589) and runs to SX80788075, incorporating up to four shafts and associated dumps, as well as a collapsed stope.
The southerly lode is thought to have been an extension of the lodes worked at Plumley Mine (PRN 9369) and runs from SX80738070 in the west to SX80998074 in the east. Five shafts are noted along route of this lode as well as a further collapsed stope. Linked to the adit (PRN 61760) (for full detail, see report).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV300583Report - Survey: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1978. Mines survey in Wray Cleave and Shaptor Woods. Letter.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930. 4th Edition. Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV347725Un-published: Kelly Mine Preservation Society. 2000. The Remains of Shaptor Mine. Kelly Mine Preservation Society. A4 Stapled. 1-2.
SDV347729Plan - measured: Kelly Mine Preservation Society. 2000. Shaptor Mine - surface features. 1:1250. A4 Single Sheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV65849Part of: Shaptor Mine, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV80589Related to: Main adit to Shaptor Mine (Monument)
MDV9369Related to: Plumley Mine, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV61760Related to: Shaptor Mine adit (Monument)
MDV42238Related to: Site of wind pump for Shaptor Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5248 - Survey of Shaptor Mine surface remains

Date Last Edited:Dec 12 2016 3:16PM