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HER Number:MDV7721
Name:Central Tinner's Hut in Streamwork on Brim Brook


Central of three tinner's huts in the streamwork on the eastern bank of Brim Brook


Grid Reference:SX 589 874
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/27
  • Old SAM Ref: 28731
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1890, Crockern Tor and the Ancient Stannery Parliament (Article in Serial). SDV266906.

pp 179-180

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 49NE (Cartographic). SDV7656.

2m by 4.9m internally. A dressed stone 1.06m lies within (rchme, citing le messurier 1978).

Le Messurier, B., 1975, Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV269280.

Site visited on 8th April 1975. A better ruin than the one just upstream. The walls are banked outside. The floor is covered with tumbled stone, and the possible door lintel is lying within. The interior may have been disturbed by people making scoop shelters. There are tin streaming remains in the vicinity.

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

Hut 2 metres by 4.9 metres internally. A dressed stone 1.06 metres lies within.

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

pp 70-1

Ordnance Survey, 1979, SX58NE12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV266846.

Includes photograph. Site visited on 2nd October 1979. A probable tinners' hut in area of tin-streaming. Walling 1.5 metres wide and up to 1.1 metres high, with modern additions. East facing entrance gap.

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

Not visible on 1946 photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1999, MPP 152081 (Un-published). SDV266911.

Site visited on 15th March 1999. The central of three tinners' buildings within the Brim Brook alluvial tin streamwork. Hut 4.8 metres by 2.1 metres. Drystone. Cut into an earlier spoil dump which forms part of a well preserved group of dumps lying at right angles to the valley bottom. Now divided into two rooms, but the partition may be of relatively modern date. The walls are up to 5 courses high. Grass and rushes in interior with grass on the walls.

National Monuments Record, 2012, 440486 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV349932.

A possible Medieval or later tinner's hut associated with Brim Brook Streamworks. Archaeological field surveys in 1994 and 2004 found it to be one of three such buildings along the Brim Brook section of steamworks. The building is rectangular in plan, aligned north-west to south-east against a linear spoil heap on the east side, and between two further spoil mounds which adjoin the main heap at right angles, giving shelter on three sides. The internal dimensions are 4.8 metres by 2.2 metres, the walls are approximately 0.8 metres thick and stand to a maximum height of 0.9 metres. The entrance is situated centrally within the north-east wall, is 0.4 metres wide.

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

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

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

The monument includes an alluvial tin streamwork situated adjacent to the Brim Brook. Within the streamwork there are three rectangular buildings used by the tinners for shelter and storage. All of these buildings have been cut into earlier waste dumps. The interior of the central building measures 4.8 metres long by 2.1 metres wide and the surrounding 1.9 metre wide drystone wall is up to 1.1 metres high.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV266846Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1979. SX58NE12. SX58NE12. Card Index.
SDV266906Article in Serial: Crossing, W.. 1890. Crockern Tor and the Ancient Stannery Parliament. Western Antiquary. 10.
SDV266911Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 1999. MPP 152081. Monument Protection Programme.
SDV269280Worksheet: Le Messurier, B.. 1975. Digital.
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.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #48482 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV349932National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2012. 440486. National Monuments Record Database. Digital.
SDV7656Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 49NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV7720Related to: Northern Tinner's Hut in Streamwork on Brim Brook (Building)
MDV7722Related to: Southern Tinner's Hut in Streamwork on Brim Brook (Building)
MDV61836Related to: Streamworks on the West Okement River, Brim Brook and Lint's Tor Brook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Aug 30 2016 1:12PM