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HER Number:MDV7722
Name:Southern Tinner's Hut in Streamwork on Brim Brook


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


Grid Reference:SX 588 873
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/28
  • Old SAM Ref: 28731
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Site visited on 8th April 1975. A large rectangular ruin. The walls are of dry stone, well-laid. But they are low, and much stone must have fallen in. There is a fireplace at the northend. The door was probably at the west side. Possible leat. There are tin streaming remains in the vicinity.

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

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

pp 71

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX58NE14 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV266827.

Site visited on 2nd October 1979. Situated on the southern edge of an area of tin streaming.

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 southern of three tinners' buildings within the Brim Brook alluvial streamwork.Hut 8.6 metres by 3.5 metres. Mortared wall. Larger than normal tinners' building with finely coursed walls up to four courses high. Stones from the wall have been spread fairly evenly within the building. There is a fire-place at the north end which measures 1.32 metres wide by 0.75 metres deep. Cut into earlier streamwork and maybe of 19th century date.

National Monuments Record, 2012, 440492 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV349933.

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 situated on the east side of the Brim Brook. It is rectangular on plan, orientated north-east to south-west and has internal dimensions of 8.6 metres by 3.5 metres. The walls are well built of moorstone and are 0.6 metres thick standing to a maximum height of 0.6 metres. A fireplace recess measuring 1.3 metres wide by 0.9 metres deep is situated in the north-east wall. The position of the entrance is not clear.

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 southern building is much larger than the others, with internal dimensions of 8.6 metres long by 3.5 metres wide.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV266827Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX58NE14. SX58NE14. Card Index.
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: #48483 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV349933National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2012. 440492. National Monuments Record Database.

Associated Monuments

MDV7721Related to: Central Tinner's Hut in Streamwork on Brim Brook (Building)
MDV7720Related to: Northern 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:Sep 24 2018 12:43PM