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HER Number:MDV78001
Name:Assay Office, Union Tin Smelting Works


Small room adjacent to south side of storehouse, with access from the south yard.


Grid Reference:SX 434 650
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBere Ferrers
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBERE FERRERS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 92615

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ASSAY OFFICE (XIX - 1849 AD to 1849 AD (Between))

Full description

Booker, F., 1977, Union Tin Smelting Works, Weir Quay, Bere Alston (Un-published). SDV359153.

Buck, C., 2008, Weir Quay Smelters, Devon: Impact and Conservation Assessment, 26 (Report - Assessment). SDV344723.

Assay office adjacent to the tin store, the southern part of the building described previously as 'Count House with strong room underneath. The assay office is a small room with a single doorway from the south yard, and an external splayed window on the south elevation. There is a small window opening on the north wall into the adjacent storehouse. Brick repairs to the east wall indicate that there was a flue and small fireplace, or perhaps oven, set on a brick base, where the assayer could assay and test the tin ore prior to smelting. The lath and plaster ceiling is collapsing, following the removal of rotten floor joists. Other details: Figures 5, 10, 22, site 15. Map object based on this Source.

English Heritage, 2010, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV154869.

Former smelting works including assay office now used as a flat. Probably built in 1849. Rubble walls. Hipped asbestos slate roofs. Large smelting house with smaller room divided off at one end as a strong room probably for the purpose of storing bar tin after smelting. Attached at right angles to the smelting house at the right hand end is a derelict building originally the count house.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344723Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2008. Weir Quay Smelters, Devon: Impact and Conservation Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2008R137. A4 Stapled + Digital. 26.
SDV359153Un-published: Booker, F.. 1977. Union Tin Smelting Works, Weir Quay, Bere Alston. Typescript + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV13882Part of: Weirquay, Union Tin Smelting Works (Building)
MDV77999Related to: Smelting House, Union Tin Smelting Works (Building)
MDV78006Related to: South Upper Yard, Union Tin Smelting Works (Building)
MDV77998Related to: Store for Manufactured Tin, Union Tin Smelting Works (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4767 - Archaeological Assessment of Weir Quay Smelters
  • EDV4768 - Field Survey of Weir Quay Smelters, Devon

Date Last Edited:Sep 8 2015 3:05PM