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HER Number:MDV7730
Name:Tinner's hut on the right bank of the River Tavy

Summary

Remains of a possible pre-1700 tinner's hut situated within an area of streamworks, on the right bank of the River Tavy, 600 metres from its source. Archaeological field surveys in 1995 and 2004 recorded the structure measuring 2.3 metres by 4.5 metres with walls surviving to a maximum height of 0.6 metres.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 593 813
Map Sheet:SX58SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of medieval or later streamworking and remains of tinners' huts east of Walkham Head

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX58SE28
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440658
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/22

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Early Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1066 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV268750.

Des=lemessurier, b. /worksheet/(14/5/1976). (14/5/1976 (lemessurier) oriented n-s. Walls formed of large blocks - dry-stone. Floor of grass and tumbled stone. Tin streaming nearby. Orthostat on one side. Letter-box installed October 1975.

Le Messurier, B., 1979, Post-Prehistoric Structures of Central North Dartmoor. A Field Survey, 70 (Article in Serial). SDV269283.

SX 59358135. On right bank of Tavy at Tavy Head. Internal measurements of hut 2.0m by 4.7m, the walls made of large blocks. Tin streaming nearby. (Tavy Head Letterbox mortared into one corner in 1975). An association with tin-streaming indicates a pre-1700 date.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX58SE28 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV268751.

(16/10/1980) A tinners' hut at SX 59358135, as described by Le Messurier (1979).
The walling is 1.0m wide and o.6m maximum height; there is a doorway near the north west corner. (A note in the building states that the letterbox was removed 13 10 79). (Extent of tin-streaming shown on 1: 10 000 map). Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD. See ground photograph.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on Royal Air Force verticals.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, Map 33 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted and described by Butler.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(03/08/1995) SX 59378137. A ruinous former tinners hut lies within streamworks (Monument HOB UID 1063510) on the right bank of the River Tavy, 600 metres from its source. The building is oriented north to south and measures 2.3m by 4.5m internally with an entrance in the west wall near the NW corner. A leaning slab on the south side of the entrance probably represents one of the door jambs. All traces of the former letterbox have been effaced.

Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P., 2003-2004, Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV350801.

(10/08/2004) As described in 1995. Condition remains unchanged.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. Map 33.
SDV268750Migrated Record:
SDV268751Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX58SE28. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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. 70.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV350801Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P.. 2003-2004. Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. 28-2004. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #133972 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV116632Part of: Streamworks on the River Tavy and its tributaries within Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8713 - Merrivale Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Nov 8 2021 3:53PM