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HER Number:MDV7737
Name:Tinner's hut on the right bank of Cut Combe Water

Summary

Remains of a possible Medieval or later tinner's hut or shepherd's hut situated on a hillside above a small area of streamworking on the right bank of Cut Combe Water, 375 metres south of Little Kneeset. Archaeological field surveys in 1995 and 2003 recorded a rectangular structure measuring 5 metres by 3.4 metres with walls surviving to a maximum height of 0.3 metres. No internal features were recorded.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 585 837
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 tinners' hut at Furtor Ford

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX58SE27
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440655
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/37

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). SDV268713.

Des=le messurier, b. /worksheet/(22/7/1975). Vis=22/7/1975 (le messurier) a heap of stones. Covered with grass, heather measures 3.6m x 2.1m.

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

SX 58608375. A hut, now simply a heap of stones, 9.0 m from the bank of Cut Combe Water. Internal measurements 2.1 m by 3.6 m.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX58SE27, photograph (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV268714.

(02/10/1979) SX 58588374. In an area of tin streaming are the remains of a rectangular building, 5.0 m by 3.4 m overall, with walling approximately 1.2 m wide and 0.3 m high. There is no obvious entrance. It is probably a tinner's hut associated with the tin streaming nearby (extent 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.

(28/07/1995) SX 58588374. A ruined building on the hillside above a small area of streamworking remains (Monument HOB UID 1063510) on the right bank of Cut Combe Water, 375m south of Little Kneeset. The feature is described in 1979. No internal details are visible. Though streamworking remains lie adjacent to the site it would seem likely that it and its near neighbour (Monument HOB UID 440608) are associated with shepherding rather than tinning. Neither building lies within the streamworks as is more typical with tinners huts and Monument HOB UID 440608 appears to be of relatively recent origin. The positioning of these huts is however probably conditioned by the nearby streamworks, a ready source of portable stone.

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

(19/08/2003) This feature remains as described in 1995.

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.
SDV268713Migrated Record:
SDV268714Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX58SE27. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. photograph.
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: #133971 ]

Associated Monuments

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

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range

Date Last Edited:Nov 8 2021 3:43PM