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HER Number:MDV77885
Name:Incline Plane Shaft, South Hooe Mine

Summary

Incline plane shaft, sunk to provide a more efficient means of hauling ore, providing ventilation and easier access to the deep lodes under the River Tamar.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 424 655
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBere Ferrers
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBERE FERRERS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SHAFT (XIX - 1843 AD to 1843 AD (Between))

Full description

Buck, C., 2009, South Hooe Mine, Bere Alston, Devon: Archaeological Assessment, 43-4 (Report - Assessment). SDV344692.

The incline plane shaft dates from 1843, when it was being sunk to provide a more efficient means of hauling ore, providing ventilation and easier access to the deep lodes under the River Tamar. It was sunk to a final depth of 125 fathoms (nearly 750 feet). The shaft is choked at the surface and is visible as a shallow dip in the ground, 0.1-0.2 metres deep and approximately 1.5 metres in diameter, in the upper (grassed) garden of a house. Other details: Figures 6, 15, site 14.


Gould, R., 2009, South Hooe Mine, Bere Alston, West Devon: A Report on the Results of a Desktop Study and a Surface Reconnaisance Inspection in Relation to Past Metalliferous Mining Activity, 6, 9 (Report - non-specific). SDV347326.

This shaft was located to the west of the Engine House, sunk vertically to connect with an Inclined Plane. The mine plan suggests the shaft is rectangular and measures approximately 2.5 by 2.0 metres. No record of any permanent secure capping has been found, and there is no visible sign of the shaft, however a short distance to the north the lawn has settled slightly. A second surface depression and a small hole were also identified in the bottom of the steep bank to the south. Other details: Figures 3-10; photo 4.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344692Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2009. South Hooe Mine, Bere Alston, Devon: Archaeological Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2009R077. A4 Stapled + Digital. 43-4. [Mapped feature: #104811 ]
SDV347326Report - non-specific: Gould, R.. 2009. South Hooe Mine, Bere Alston, West Devon: A Report on the Results of a Desktop Study and a Surface Reconnaisance Inspection in Relation to Past Metalliferous Mining Activity. Frederick Sherrell Report. 3403. A4 Stapled + Digital. 6, 9.

Associated Monuments

MDV5441Part of: South Hooe Silver and Lead Mine, Bere Ferrers (Monument)
MDV61684Related to: Pumping Engine House, South Hooe Mine (Monument)
MDV77877Related to: Winding Engine House, South Hooe Mine (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4752 - Archaeological Assessment of South Hooe Mine, Bere Alston, Devon
  • EDV4753 - Field Survey of South Hooe Mine, Bere Alston, Devon

Date Last Edited:Jun 13 2011 2:52PM