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HER Number:MDV66504
Name:Tramway 1 at Eyleasbarrow Tin Mine


Tramway 1 to the west of the main buildings is one of three tramways forming part of the 19th century Eylesbarrow Tin Mine


Grid Reference:SX 593 679
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/27/54
  • Old SAM Ref: 34467(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRAMWAY (XVIII to XIX - 1750 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 157274 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 9th may 2002. Tramway 840 metres south-west of Eylesbarrow, forming part of Eylesbarrow Tin Mine. Adjacent to shaft 12 the tramway survives as a 2.6 metre wide raised embankment standing 0.3 metres high which is revetted in places on the downslope side. The tramway overlies leat 25 which appears to cross on bridges. Grass, bracken and heather. The length of tramway leading from shaft 13 is 4 metres wide and is denoted on either side by 0.4 metre wide and 0.2 metre deep ditches. Grass, bracken and heather.

Newman , P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine, 37, Figure 2, Appendix 3 (Report - Survey). SDV352201.

Several features at the mine were accessed by tramways for the transportation of mined ore between the shafthead and the dressing floors. Three tramways have been identified at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine. Tramway 1 extends between Stamping Mill 4 and Jenkins Shaft number 6 with a short branch running to Henry's Shaft number 5. The trackbed follows a gently inclined course down to the dressing floors and has been slightly embanked to keep the gradient constant. As the tramway approaches the dressing floors it is raised about 0.4 metres and a short branch leads off to Stamping Mill 3

Newman, P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine, Figure 2 (Article in Serial). SDV231130.

English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Tramway shown on survey.

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

Linear feature visible on aerial photograph.

National Monument Record, 2014, Pastscape, 1300614 (Website). SDV355682.

Part of a tramway trackbed identified at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine. The tramway extended from one of the mine's stamping mills to Jenkin's Shaft, with a short branch running to Henry's Shaft. It would have been installed sometime between 1814 and 1852. An archaelogical field survey of the tin mine by English Heritage in 1999 found the trackbed, to be between 4 metres and 6 metres wide, following a gently inclined course down to the dressing floors and had been very slightly embanked to keep the gradient constant where necessary. As the tramway approached the dressing floors, it had been raised about 0.4 metres. At this point a short branch leads off to another stamping mill.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231130Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1999. Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 57. Paperback Volume. Figure 2.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 157274.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #98197 ]
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. 37, Figure 2, Appendix 3.
SDV355682Website: National Monument Record. 2014. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 1300614.

Associated Monuments

MDV3330Part of: Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV66397Related to: Mine Shaft 5 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV66399Related to: Mine Shaft 6 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV3579Related to: Stamping Mill Number 2 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV3580Related to: Stamping Mill Number 3 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV3581Related to: Stamping Mill Number 4 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV6239 - Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine
  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:Jul 7 2014 10:37AM