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HER Number:MDV7747
Name:Ruined tinners' hut within streamworking west of Steeperton Brook, Dartmoor Forest


Ruined tinners' hut within streamworking to the west of Steeperton Brook


Grid Reference:SX 619 879
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and walling remains of medieval or later streamworking along the Steeperton Brook as well as tinners' buildings and blowing houses

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/56

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source, 443739, SX68NW29 (Migrated Record). SDV267864.

Site visited on 12th September 1979. Situated at SX 61918796 beside the Steeperton Brook in an area of marsh which seems to have resulted from tin streaming rather than peat cutting a building with Walling 1.0 metre wide and 0.2 metres high along the west side and rounded north end, rising to 1.0 metre high at south. May be part of the tinners' complex 250 metres to the north-east and of pre 1700 AD date.
Site visited on 22nd October 2003 by English Heritage Investigator. A ruined rectangular structure located on the east bank of Steeperton Brook. It is sited on a level position within an area of tin streamworking which has now become overwhelmed by bog. Only the south wall and a short section of the west wall have any visible masonry. Other walls survive as turf and heather-covered banks. The internal dimensions of the structure are approximately 5 metres north to south by 3 metres. Remaining walls are 0.8 metres thick by a maximum of 0.7 metres high. The floor is wet and contains bog species including Sphagnum Moss and Rushes. The position of the entrance and also the fireplace are not apparent.

Le Messurier, B., 1975, Ruined huts within tin streaming (Worksheet). SDV267810.

Site visited on 31st May 1975. Ruined hut much overgrown. Much water in the hut. Rushes. Walls covered with heather and worts. Probable cupboard at south end, but covered by vegetation. Both tin streaming and peat cutting remains not far away. Measures internally 2.4 metres by 4.6 metres.

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

English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Rectangular building shown on survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV267810Worksheet: Le Messurier, B.. 1975. Ruined huts within tin streaming.
SDV267864Migrated Record: 443739, SX68NW29.
SDV269282Un-published: Le Messurier, B.. 1978. Post-Prehistoric Structures in Central North Dartmoor. Manuscript.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #126582 ]
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV13007Related to: Blowing house near to Steeperton Brook (Monument)
MDV7746Related to: Ruined tinners' hut in streamworking along Steeperton Brook, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV27698Related to: Streamworking slong Steeperton Brook (Monument)
MDV13008Related to: Tinners hut near to blowing house at Steeperton Brook (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Jul 19 2020 2:02PM