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HER Number:MDV6682
Name:West Vitifer Mine, Chagford

Summary

West Vitifer Mine also known as 'New Vitifer' was used for tin production between 1850 and 1875 with features including three round buddles, stamping floor and wheel pit served by a leat. Several shafts and adits in the area are associated with the mine

Location

Grid Reference:SX 678 827
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/98
  • Old SAM Ref: 28728
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XIX - 1850 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'West Vitifer Tin Mine (Disused)' shown on 19th century map.


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

'West Vitifer Tin Mine (disused)' shown on early 20th century map with three circular buddles and several building outlines.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1985, Steeperton Tor Tin Mine, Dartmoor, 118 (Article in Serial). SDV310154.


Gerrard, S., 1990-1994, Monument Protection Programme, 149396 (Report - Survey). SDV350743.

Site visited on 29th January 1999. West Vitifer Mine is a well preserved late 19th century mine. Three buddles with central mounds complete with drains leading from each survive within an area defined by a wall. This wall is fragile in places and there is evidence of recent collapse. Four other pits in the vicinity of the buddles were probably used as part of the dressing process. Adjacent to the buddles is a small waste tip. South of the dressing floor there is a substantial wheelpit together with building foundations. A leat leading to the site measures up to 2 metres deep.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 33, Map 25 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Remains of buildings associated with West Vitifer Tin Mine on the valley floor on the west side of the River Bovey. It seems to have been worked intermittently between 1850 and 1875. A wall prtly encloses three round buddles with a subterranean drain leading back to the river. Little can be seen of thr stamping floor and wheelpit but the launder bank survives. The depressions of the Engine Shaft can be seen near the buddles with another shaft to the west. A number of adits were driven into the hillside to the south-east and although now blocked they can be recognised form the waste dumps below the entances.


Passmore, A. J., 1997, Boveycombehedd, Chagford, Devon: an archaeological investigation of a Diachronic landscape, 27-33, Figures 4, 5 & 7 (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV360382.

New Vitifer Mine operating in the 19th century with stone buildings, shafts and adits. Figure 7 shows the location of the Engine Sahft, the wheelpit, stamping floor and the three buddles.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1997, Tin Stamping Mills of Dartmoor after AD 1750, 6-8 (Article in Serial). SDV346020.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'West Vitifer Tin Mine (disused)' shown on modern mapping.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1018926 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

There are several tinworks within the monument and amongst these are an openwork, prospecting gully, shafts, a whim platform, areas of alluvial and eluvial streamworking and a 19th century tin mine known as West Vitifer Mine.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 33, Map 25.
SDV310154Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1985. Steeperton Tor Tin Mine, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 117. 118.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #111518 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346020Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1997. Tin Stamping Mills of Dartmoor after AD 1750. Dartmoor Magazine. 49. Paperback Volume. 6-8.
SDV350743Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-1994. Monument Protection Programme. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown. 149396.
SDV360382Post-Graduate Thesis: Passmore, A. J.. 1997. Boveycombehedd, Chagford, Devon: an archaeological investigation of a Diachronic landscape. King Alfred's College, Winchester. A4 Comb Bound. 27-33, Figures 4, 5 & 7.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1018926.

Associated Monuments

MDV122023Parent of: Building at the Dressing Floor of West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122022Parent of: Building at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV64205Parent of: Openwork associated with West Vitifer Tin Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122020Parent of: Stamping Floor at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122018Parent of: Three Buddles at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV64207Parent of: Three Mine Shafts asoociated with West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV122019Parent of: Wheelpit at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV6710Related to: Earthwork enclosure at West Vitifer Mine, Chagford (Monument)
MDV27847Related to: Streamworks on River Bovey, Chagford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7505 - Boveycombehedd, Chagford: An Archaeological Investigation of a Diachronic Landscape

Date Last Edited:May 15 2018 3:31PM