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HER Number:MDV6940
Name:Ramsley Copper Mine, South Tawton

Summary

Ramsley Copper Mine; one of the most important of several 18-19th century copper mines around the northern fringe of Dartmoor. Ceased in use in 1909. Tapered chimney stack visible on site was damaged in storm in 1998 but thought to have been repaired. Marked as 'Emily Mine' on the late 19th century Ordnance Survey map.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 651 929
Map Sheet:SX69SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH TAWTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XVIII to XX - 1751 AD to 1909 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Emily Mine (Copper)' depicted on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map (approximately 1880s in date). Leat, shaft and various other features included. Map object based on this Source.


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

'Ramsley Mine (Copper)' depicted on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey map (approximately 1905-7 in date). Some new buildings have been added since its depiction on the First Edition map. Map object based on this Source.


1911, Untitled Source (Photograph). SDV270659.

A photograph taken around 1911 shows the Ramsley Mine site. Leat, launder, wheel, winding gear, a stack, sheds and huge spoilheaps are visible. Other details: Scanned image from South Tawton parish file.


Ordnance Survey, 1963, Ordnance Survey 1963 6 inch map (Cartographic). SDV60736.

'Mine (disused)' shown on (1963) map.


Beer, P., 1972, 16th report of the Geological Section, 206 (Article in Serial). SDV60681.

Site visited in 1971 (estimated). Waste dumps disused since 1909. Mine worked for copper which was present as chalcopyrite in altered beds within the meldon chert formation. Cherts rich in garnets.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on National Monuments Record aerial photographs.


Devon County Council, 1986, GI, 13 (Aerial Photograph). SDV270670.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1991, An Assessment of Copper Mining in Devon (Copper, Brass, Tin), 15 + 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV60709.

Ramsley Mine was probably the most important of several 18th and 19th century copper mines around the northern fringe of Dartmoor. Closed in 1909 but good documentary and photographic evidence survives.


Richardson, P. H. G., 1992, The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913, 138-9 (Article in Serial). SDV323598.


Hedley, L. and Cranstone, D., 1995, Monuments Protection Programme, Zink, Copper, Minor Metals, Step Three: The Copper Industry, Introduction to Step 3 Assessments, 3, 6, 18 (Report - non-specific). SDV357718.

8. Ramsley Copper Mine SX 650 930.
Lesser national importance.
Mine; machine bed- no modification. Ore works; dressing mill- no modification.


Baker, O., 1999, Ramsley Stack - South Zeal, 23 (Article in Serial). SDV270672.

The tapered circular chimney stack at Ramsley Mine was severely damaged by lightning on 3/1/1998 when stone and brick were scattered over a wide area and the remains were unsafe. The stack is to be rebuilt by South Tawton Council.


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

Little visible on the 2010 aerial photography except the stack, which shows well. Indistinct course of the (now dry) leat can just be traced in places (SX6511592844 and SX6517192781).


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Remains of shaft, stack and one or two buildings is all that is visible on the modern mapping for the site.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV270659Photograph: 1911. Digital.
SDV270670Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1986. GI. Devon Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 13.
SDV270672Article in Serial: Baker, O.. 1999. Ramsley Stack - South Zeal. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 16. Unknown. 23.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV323598Article in Serial: Richardson, P. H. G.. 1992. The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913. British Mining. 44. A5 Paperback. 138-9.
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).
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV357718Report - non-specific: Hedley, L. and Cranstone, D.. 1995. Monuments Protection Programme, Zink, Copper, Minor Metals, Step Three: The Copper Industry, Introduction to Step 3 Assessments. English Heritage. A4 Bound. 3, 6, 18.
SDV60681Article in Serial: Beer, P.. 1972. 16th report of the Geological Section. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 104. A5 Paperback. 206.
SDV60709Report - Assessment: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1991. An Assessment of Copper Mining in Devon (Copper, Brass, Tin). A4 Stapled + Digital. 15 + 2.
SDV60736Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. Ordnance Survey 1963 6 inch map. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV6941Parent of: Chimney stack, Ramsley Mine (Monument)
MDV6879Related to: Belstone Consols Mine at Greenhill (Monument)
MDV80481Related to: Ramsley Mine Leat, South Tawton (Monument)
MDV7395Related to: Site of Eight Rocks stone circle, South Tawton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 22 2015 2:16PM