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HER Number:MDV6282
Name:Gobbett Tin Mine, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Open cuttings and dumps are all that remain of this tin mine, which was operated in the mid 19th century. Much of the stone from its buildings was used in the construction of the swincombe reservoir. After earlier working and a probably short spell of inactivity, machinery was installed in 1865, following which working continued until the 1870s. Yields were small.(source of above unclear - harris?).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 645 728
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument 1002658: Blowing house and mill at Gobbet
  • SHINE: Walling of Bronze Age hut circle and earthworks and open cut remains of 19th century Gobbett Tin Mine, including tunnel adjacent to the River Swincombe
  • SHINE: Walling of Bronze Age hut circle and earthworks and open cut remains of 19th century Gobbett Tin Mine, including tunnel adjacent to the River Swincombe

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/44
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1875 AD (Between))

Full description

SOURCE OF ABOVE UNCLEAR - HARRIS?, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV237522.

Gobbett, tin-mine. Open cuttings and dumps are all that remain of this tin mine, which was operated in the mid 19th century. Much of the stone from its buildings was used in the construction of the swincombe reservoir. After earlier working and a probably short spell of inactivity, machinery was installed in 1865, following which working continued until the 1870s. Yields were small. (source of above unclear - harris?).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV237526.

Des=mining journal/(1840),(1870-1873).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV237527.

Worth, r. N. /tda/8(1876)311/ashburton stannery.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV237529.

Des=memoirs geological survey/338 dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV237530.

Collins, j. H. /observations on west of england mining region/(1912).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV237531.

Wood/map of dartmoor/(1850).

H. M. Stationary Office, 1929, Abandoned Mines (Monograph). SDV215700.

Ramsden, J. V., 1952, Notes on the Mines of Devonshire, 95, fig.1 (Article in Serial). SDV60737.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 206 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Fox, A., 1969, Swincombe Survey, 23 (Report - Survey). SDV250998.

(Estimated 1968) A large adit running east into the hillside is visible, and a scatter of debris.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1985, Steeperton Tor Tin Mine, Dartmoor, 110 (Article in Serial). SDV310154.

Devon County Council Photographic Unit, 1988, DAP/JW, 1-2a (Aerial Photograph). SDV214895.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1990, An Assessment of Dartmoor Tinworking, 22 (Report - Assessment). SDV343684.

Griffith, F. M., 1990, DAP/QF, 9-15 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140063.

Bruce, B., 1999, Field excursion to Gobbett Tin Mine and Deep Swincombe 10/10/1998, 4-5 (Article in Serial). SDV235654.

Large openwork running east-west with a leat to the eastern end and a possible reservoir. The openwork suggested a 15th or 16th century date but the earliest documentary reference names the tinwork of 'Gobbett beside Hextworthye' in the early 17th century. By the early 1840's the mine was working as 'Dartmoor United Tin Mines' and various buildings, shafts, adits, waterwheels and stamping mills were in operation. Five separate shafts are mentioned, the deepest being 73m which would have required pumping.

Welch, B. + Welch, T., 2016, Gobbett Tin Mine (Plan - measured). SDV363061.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140063Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1990. DAP/QF. Devon Aerial Photograph. 9-15.
SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 206.
SDV214895Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council Photographic Unit. 1988. DAP/JW. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-2a.
SDV215700Monograph: H. M. Stationary Office. 1929. Abandoned Mines. Abandoned Mines. Unknown.
SDV235654Article in Serial: Bruce, B.. 1999. Field excursion to Gobbett Tin Mine and Deep Swincombe 10/10/1998. Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group Newsletter. 16. Unknown. 4-5.
SDV237522Migrated Record: SOURCE OF ABOVE UNCLEAR - HARRIS?.
SDV237526Migrated Record:
SDV237527Migrated Record:
SDV237529Migrated Record:
SDV237530Migrated Record:
SDV237531Migrated Record:
SDV250998Report - Survey: Fox, A.. 1969. Swincombe Survey. Unknown. 23.
SDV310154Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1985. Steeperton Tor Tin Mine, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 117. 110.
SDV343684Report - Assessment: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1990. An Assessment of Dartmoor Tinworking. Digital. 22.
SDV60737Article in Serial: Ramsden, J. V.. 1952. Notes on the Mines of Devonshire. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 84. A5 Hardback. 95, fig.1.

Associated Monuments

MDV6283Parent of: Compton, part of Gobbett's Mine, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6283Related to: Compton, part of Gobbett's Mine, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6284Parent of: Derby Hole, part of Gobbett's Tin Mine, Hexworthy (Monument)
MDV20673Parent of: Deserted dwelling at Gobbett Tin Mine (Building)
MDV29157Parent of: MINE in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV26094Parent of: OPEN CUT in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6271Parent of: STAMPING MILL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6270Parent of: TIN MILL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV62657Parent of: WATER WHEEL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6283Parent of: Compton, part of Gobbett's Mine, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6283Related to: Compton, part of Gobbett's Mine, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV63771Related to: FINDSPOT in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Find Spot)
MDV26077Related to: Gobbett Tunnel, Hexworthy (Monument)
MDV26078Related to: LEAT in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV42318Related to: MACHINERY in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54454Related to: Openwork north-west of Sherberton (Monument)
MDV30897Related to: SLAG in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV26076Related to: WALL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54448Related to: WALL in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8112 - Plane table survey of Gobbett Tin Mine

Date Last Edited:Aug 28 2020 9:34AM