HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.


HER Number:MDV7752
Name:Tinners' hut and possible cache in streamworks in Watern Combe

Summary

Remains of a tinners' hut and possible cache in the streamworks in Watern Combe on the east side of Walla Brook. The ruined building lies in the channel between two parallel banks of streamworking debris and measures 3.6 metres east to west by 1.4 metres internally. The north and south walls are formed by revetments which retain the tinners waste and are linked by two free-standing, coursed boulder walls on the east and west. The latter measure 0.6 metres wide, they stand to a maximum 1.6 metres high and have been rebuilt. An irregular niche, perhaps the remains of a fireplace or cupboard, lies centrally in the southern wall.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 625 865
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of medieval or later streamworks in Watern Combe with remains of tinners' buildings along the Wallabrook

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NW28
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/61
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/61/1
  • Pastscape: 443736

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TINNERS HUT (Constructed, XV to Post Medieval - 1401 AD to 1750 AD)
  • TINNERS CACHE (Constructed, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Le Messuerier, B., 1975, Ruined Hut at SX 6265 8665 (Worksheet). SDV268784.

(31/05/1975) Ruined hut at SX 6265 8665. Ruin situatedf at east side of Watern Combe in gulley. West end has been altered. East end has a good wall, but is heather-covered. Fireplace or cupboard may have collapsed. Floor of reeds and tumbled stone. No door visible. Tin streaming remains not far away. No door visible. Internal dimensions 3.6m x 1.4m. Walls 0.6m thick, wall hieght 1.59m (maximum height inside structure); 1.67m maximum height (outside).
Worksheet mentions a cache up the hill to the east.

Le Messurier, B., 1979, Post-Prehistoric Structures of Central North Dartmoor. A Field Survey, 66 (Article in Serial). SDV269283.

SX 62658665. In a hillside gulley on the east side of Watern Combe, a hut with a rounded end. Internal measurements 1.4m by 3.6m. The wall at the west end has been altered and the possible fireplace may have collapsed. Tin streaming not far away. Probably pre-1700.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX68NW28 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV363730.

(02/10/1979) SX 62598660. Set between tin-streaming spoil heaps is a tinners' hut and cache in fair condition. The building is constructed of drystone walling with a southern entrance, but is otherwise as described by Le Messurier (1979).
The cache is set into the slope 16.0m to the southeast of the hut. It measures 0.5m by 1.0m internally and 0.2m high constructed of drystone walling roofed with slabs.
(Extent of tin-streaming shown on 1:10 000 map). Hut and cache surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD. See ground photograph.

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

(22/10/2003) Feature remains as described in 1993.

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

'Tinners' Hut and Cache (Remains of)' shown on modern mapping.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443736, SX68NW28 (Website). SDV363416.

(02/09/1993, Royal Commission Field Investigation) SX 62609159 and SX 62619157. A ruined tinners hut and alleged cache are located within streamworking remains on the right bank of the Walla Brook 400 metres south-west of Watern Tor. The ruined building lies in the channel between two parallel banks of streamworking debris and measures 3.6 metres east to west by 1.4 metres internally. The north and south walls are formed by revetments which retain the tinners waste and are linked by two free-standing, coursed boulder walls on the east and west. The latter measure 0.6 metres wide, they stand to a maximum 1.6 metres high and have been rebuilt. An irregular niche, perhaps the remains of a fireplace or cupboard, lies centrally in the southern wall.
The 'cache' associated with this hut forms part of the revetment supporting a bank of tinners waste but may be the result of a stone falling from the revetment.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV268784Worksheet: Le Messuerier, B.. 1975. Ruined Hut at SX 6265 8665. Worksheet. Digital.
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. 66.
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. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #126315 ]
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443736, SX68NW28.

Associated Monuments

MDV21091Related to: Streamworks in Watern Combe, along the Wallabrook (Monument)
MDV128620Related to: Tinners' hut above western edge of streamworking on Walla Brook, Dartmoor Forest (Building)
MDV7753Related to: Tinners' hut in streamworks in Watern Combe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jun 29 2020 10:30AM