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HER Number:MDV69020
Name:Tamar Smelting Works, Bere Ferrers


Tamar Smelting Works marked on 1880s-1890s Ordnance Survey map.


Grid Reference:SX 433 650
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBere Ferrers
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBERE FERRERS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46SW/521

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • METAL SMELTING SITE (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Tamar Smelting Works (Tin & Lead, disused)' shown.

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

'Tamar Smelting Works (Disused)' shown.

Buck, C., 2008, Weir Quay Smelters, Devon: Impact and Conservation Assessment, 8-11 (Report - Assessment). SDV344723.

Tamar lead smelter and adjacent Union tin smelting works. Located close to Weir Quay, the Tamar lead smelter is closest to the quay on the northern side of the road leading down to it from Bere Alston, while the Union tin smelter is adjacent to but uphill from the lead smelter. Both sites have a perimeter wall bounding their south sides adjacent to the road. The eastern part of the lead/silver smelter site is now converted into a house (Fern Cottage), whilst its western half is partially enclosed by its former line of offices and stores - now converted to a house named Treyard, retaining its former entrance into the internal yards of the smelter. However the Union smelter has not recently been habited, and retains its original buildings dating from 1849. Other details: Maps, photographs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344723Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2008. Weir Quay Smelters, Devon: Impact and Conservation Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2008R137. A4 Stapled + Digital. 8-11.

Associated Monuments

MDV5442Parent of: Tamar Smelting Works, Weirquay, Bere Ferrers (Monument)
MDV13882Parent of: Weir Quay, Union Tin Smelting Works (Building)
MDV130684Related to: Extractive pit at Weir Quay, Bere Ferrers (Monument)
MDV75723Related to: Quay at North Hooe Mine, Bere Ferrers (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4767 - Archaeological Assessment of Weir Quay Smelters
  • EDV4768 - Field Survey of Weir Quay Smelters, Devon

Date Last Edited:May 9 2021 11:00AM