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HER Number:MDV64747
Name:Track from Eylesbarrow Tin Mine to Wheal Katherine Tin Mine

Summary

Track running west to east from the 19th century Eylesbarrow Tin Mine to Wheal Katherine Tin Mine

Location

Grid Reference:SX 608 683
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/164/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 34468(PART)
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRACKWAY (XVIII to XXI - 1750 AD to 2014 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 1890/4355 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Visible on aerial photograph.


Newman, P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV231130.

The road enters Sheepstor Parish from Lydford Parish at Grid Reference SX60656820.


Newman , P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine, 36-7, Figure 2 (Report - Survey). SDV352201.

The tracks at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine are some of the earliest features dating from the late 18th to early 19th century. The Wheal Katherine branch could date from 1792.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Most of track visible on aerial photograph.


English Heritage, 2013, Eylesbarrow Tin Mine and associated remains (Schedule Document). SDV231131.

The 19th century Eylesbarrow Tin Mine opened in 1814 and continued until 1852. During this time several companies were formed to run the mine and most failed to make a profit. Eylesbarrow's importance stems from its unrivalled array of 19th century mining remains making it the largest and most informative example of a large scale water powered tin mine in Britain. At least 27 shafts and five adits were cut to reach the tin lodes, seven whim platforms and two water powered engine wheels were built to power the lifting and pumping machinery, a series of tramways were made to carry the ore to six separate stamping mills and, to complete the picture, a smelting house was constructed to smelt the processed tin from the stamping mills. The size of the operation is further emphasised by the large number of ancillary buildings constructed to serve the mine. Amongst these are a count house, dormitory accommodation, blacksmith's shop, powder houses, sample house and various storage buildings.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

'Track' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231130Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1999. Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 57. Paperback Volume. 141.
SDV231131Schedule Document: English Heritage. 2013. Eylesbarrow Tin Mine and associated remains. The Schedule of Monuments. Website.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). 1890/4355.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV352201Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 1999. Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine. English Heritage Survey Report. A4 Spiral Bound. 36-7, Figure 2.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97669 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3330Part of: Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV64748Related to: Main Track through Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV25115Related to: Tin pits and opencast workings 800 metres north of Plym Head (Monument)
MDV67941Related to: Track from Eylebarrow Tin Mine towards Nun's Cross (Monument)
MDV61849Related to: Wheal Katherine Tin Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV6239 - Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine

Date Last Edited:Sep 23 2016 3:24PM