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HER Number:MDV7472
Name:Site of Tin Mill, Widecombe

Summary

Evidence of a tin mill found in Widecombe, including two mortarstones and the probable site of a blowing house in the old Post Office garden. Further down the road stands the former corn and grist mill; now a private dwelling.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 719 768
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445187
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/45

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIN MILL (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., Notes on a worksheet, Date unknown (Personal Comment). SDV349598.

Triple granite mortarstone has diameters of approximately 28 centimetres and 18 centimetres. Depth about 10 centimetres. Similar to the Heatherstone and Pitton mortarstone examples. The other loose granite mortarstone has parts of two mortars visible on each of two opposite faces of the stone. Dimensions are difficult to determine although diameters must have been about 20-25 centimetres.


1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

House, mill and garden, field no 399.


Tyler, F. C., 1934-1935, Unusual stone at Widecombe, pg 224 (Article in Serial). SDV308090.

Mortarstone built into linhay adjoining North Hall. Three mortars on each face.


Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, pg 310 (Monograph). SDV231148.

Agrees with author of Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries author that it is a mortar-stone in the garden of the Post Office, near the road. There is a similar one built into wall of linhay adjoining North Hall. It has three basin-shaped hollows on each side, these shallower on one side (MDV63721).


Parsons, H., 1956, The Dartmoor Blowing Houses, some recent investigations, pg 190-191 (Article in Serial). SDV147453.

Stamping mill, the Old Post Office, Widecombe. The probable site of a blowing house in the post office garden, two mortarstones behind the rhododendrons in the corner. Further down the road, in a normal situation for a blowing house, stands the former corn and grist mill, now a private residence. A mill stone (not a component of a crazing mill) remains on the lawn. The valley floor, cluttered with the usual banks of rubble, has been extensively streamed. Does this mill occupy the site and use the leat of the former blowing house?


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, number 82 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Volume 5, 952 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Visited 30/8/1979. This mill house still stands. The gable wall fronting on the road indicated by its older masonry that the present building has been much altered. This new building according to the owner was put up in 1886. Its longways axis is at ninety degrees to that of the building marked on the Tithe Map. There is a mill stone in the garden and the course of the leat is traceable.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1981, List of Known Devon Tin Mills c1450 - c1750, No. 89 (Report - non-specific). SDV319826.

Stamping mill site of undocumented date field evidence.


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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photographs.


Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/OX, 1-2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV307286.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1996, A Tin Mill in Widecombe Village, pg 8-9 (Article in Serial). SDV308095.

Site of Widecombe knocking mill for crushing tin ore.


Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, pg 9 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV147453Article in Serial: Parsons, H.. 1956. The Dartmoor Blowing Houses, some recent investigations. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 88. pg 190-191.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. pg 310.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. pg 9.
SDV307286Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/OX. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-2.
SDV308090Article in Serial: Tyler, F. C.. 1934-1935. Unusual stone at Widecombe. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 18. Unknown. pg 224.
SDV308095Article in Serial: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1996. A Tin Mill in Widecombe Village. Dartmoor Tin Working Research Group Newsletter. 11. Unknown. pg 8-9.
SDV319826Report - non-specific: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1981. List of Known Devon Tin Mills c1450 - c1750. List of Known Devon Tin Mills c1450 - c1750. 35. Unknown. No. 89.
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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. number 82.
SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV349598Personal Comment: Greeves, T. A. P.. Notes on a worksheet. Unknown. Date unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV63721Related to: Mortarstone at Widecombe-in-the-Moor (Find Spot)
MDV20873Related to: Site of stamping mill at North Hall, Widecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 17 2016 2:23PM