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HER Number:MDV7753
Name:Tinners' hut in streamworks in Watern Combe

Summary

Remains of a tinners' hut shown on modern map in the streamworks in Watern Combe on the east side of Walla Brook. The rectangular building measures 3.2m north to south by 1.9m internally with walls of coursed boulders and upright slabs 0.6m wide and a maximum 0.7m high. An entrance lies in the centre of the southern end. Outside the hut, to the south, is a small levelled area, possibly the site of a porch, measuring 1.2m north to south by 2.2m.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 626 867
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: SX 68 NW 35
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/62
  • Pastscape: 443757

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Le Messuerier, B., 1975, Ruined hut at sx 6265 8685 (Worksheet). SDV268799.

(31/05/1975) SX 6265 8685 Ruined hut located at the northern end of Watern Combe, above stream on east bank. It is saved from being a nonentity by its cupboard at its souther end (dimensions 0.45m wide, 0.24m high, 0.52m deep).
Floor of grass and stone. Possible door at southern end. Evidence of tin streaming nearby. Walls banked. Internal dimensions of hut 2.1m by 2.7m, walls maximum 0.75m high (inside), 0.60m high (outside), roughly 2m thick.

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

SX 6265 8685. At north end of Watern Combe, above east bank of Walla Brook, a hut with internal dimensions 2.1m by 2.7m and a cupboard at the south end. Tin streaming nearby. Probably pre-1700.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX68NW35 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV363731.

(02/10/1979) SX 6263 8677. Situated among tin streaming waste tips are the scant remains of a probable tinner's hut. It measures 2.0m by 5.0m internally with a sub-division giving an inner room 2.0m by 2.9m with a cupboard in the south west wall. There is an entrance gap in the south side. The construction is a mixture of rubble, slabs and coursed drystone walling up to 0.6m high and 0.9m wide. (Extent of tin-streaming shown on 1:10 000 map). 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 is as described in 1993.

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

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

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

(02/09/1993, Royal Commission Field Investigation) SX 6263 8676. A tinners hut situated on the edge of streamworking remains on the right bank of the Walla Brook, 280m west of Watern Tor. The rectangular building measures 3.2m north to south by 1.9m internally with walls of coursed boulders and upright slabs 0.6m wide and a maximum 0.7m high. An entrance lies in the centre of the southern end. Outside the hut, to the south, is a small levelled area, possibly the site of a porch, measuring 1.2m north to south by 2.2m.
Dense heather in the south-western quadrant of the hut precluded the identification of the cupboard recorded by Le Messurier and the Ordnance Survey (both 1979).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV268799Worksheet: Le Messuerier, B.. 1975. Ruined hut at sx 6265 8685. 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: #126316 ]
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website.

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)
MDV7752Related to: Tinners' hut and possible cache 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 10:57AM