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HER Number:MDV7717
Name:Tinners Hut on north bank of West Okement River


Well preserved tinners hut on north bank of West Okement River


Grid Reference:SX 594 866
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Well preserved remains of medieval or later tin streamworking at Brim Brook, Kneeset Nose and Vergyland Combe, including structural remains of tinners' huts

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 440468
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/23
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX58NE6
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV320981.

pg 483 Mentioned by Crossing as 'a little mining building'

Le Messurier, B., 1976, Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV269229.

Visited on 27th April 1976. Miners hut on the north bank of the West Okement river. Orientation north to south. A well-preserved hut built in a hollow with a high bank of spoil to the west. Walls composed of decently layered flat stones. Tin streaming nearby. Must have had a low roof. Measures 5.2 metres by 2.7 metres, wall height 0.9 metres.

Le Messurier, B., 1978, Post-Prehistoric Structures in Central North Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV269282.

East wall in places six courses high, with doorway 0.43 metres wide.

Le Messurier, B., 1979, Post-Prehistoric Structures of Central North Dartmoor. A Field Survey (Article in Serial). SDV269283.

pg 70-71

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX58NE6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV269230.

Visited on 2nd October 1979. Walling is 1.1 metres high, 0.8 metres wide. Entrance faces west.

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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force photographs.

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

Rectangular feature shown on aerial photograph on the north bank of the river.

National Monuments Record, 2012, 440468 (Website). SDV349798.

A Medieval or later tinner's hut associated with streamworks on the West Okement River and its tributaries, Brim Brook and Lint's Tor Brook. Archaeological field surveys in 1994 and 2004 found it to be one of three such buildings along the West Okement River section of steamworks. It is a well-built and well-preserved rectangular structure aligned approximately north-west to south-east, located at the foot of a mound on the edge of a small area of tin streaming. The internal dimensions of the building measure 5.4 metres by 2.1 metres and the walls are approximately 0.4 metres thick, standing to a maximum height of 0.8 metres. An entrance is within the south-west wall.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

'Tinner's Hut (remains of)' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV269229Worksheet: Le Messurier, B.. 1976. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV269230Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX58NE6. SX58NE6. Card Index.
SDV269282Un-published: Le Messurier, B.. 1978. Post-Prehistoric Structures in Central North Dartmoor. Manuscript.
SDV269283Article in Serial: Le Messurier, B.. 1979. Post-Prehistoric Structures of Central North Dartmoor. A Field Survey. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 111. Paperback Volume.
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV349798Website: National Monuments Record. 2012. 440468. Pastscape.English-Heritage.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Sep 24 2018 12:43PM