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HER Number:MDV78005
Name:West Upper Yard, Union Tin Smelting Works


Cobbled yard on the west side of the smelting house, with an entrance passage from the road on the south side which incorporated a weighing machine.


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: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • YARD (XIX - 1849 AD to 1849 AD (Between))

Full description

Buck, C., 2008, Weir Quay Smelters, Devon: Impact and Conservation Assessment, 27 (Report - Assessment). SDV344723.

Yard on the west side of the smelting house, with a cobbled surface (partly obscured by earth and grass) which has longitudinal cobbles laid from the road edge to the main smelter openings. The northern perimeter wall is approximately 3.2 metres high, with windows and doorway openings visible in the west retaining wall, marking the change in height of the lower and upper yards. Two stone features resembling butresses are set against either side of the east wall main opening into the smelting house, and appear to have been constructed to house hot air or draught ducts that seem to be going under the cobbled yard, up the buttresss features and directly into each of the two reverberatory furnaces. The late 19th century Ordnance Survey map also shows a 'weighing machine' at the entrance to the yard, which would have been used to weigh the coke or coal brought from Weir Quay. This feature has been infilled but is still discernible. Other details: Figures 5, 10, 22, site 22.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #104922 ]
SDV344723Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2008. Weir Quay Smelters, Devon: Impact and Conservation Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2008R137. A4 Stapled + Digital. 27.

Associated Monuments

MDV13882Part of: Weirquay, Union Tin Smelting Works (Building)
MDV77999Related to: Smelting House, Union Tin Smelting Works (Building)
MDV78000Related to: Store For Unmanufactured Metals, 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:Jul 29 2010 10:16AM