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HER Number:MDV78237
Name:Flues and Condensing Chambers to north of Tamar Lead Smelting Works, Bere Ferrers


One or possibly two flues connecting the Tamar lead smelting works to a chimney located in a field to the north-west.


Grid Reference:SX 433 650
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

  • CONDENSER (Built, XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))
  • FLUE (Built, XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Claughton, P. F., 1998, A Brief History of the Tamar Smelting Works (Un-published). SDV240080.

The area to the north of the furnace sites was a complex of flues and large condensation chambers (D). The latter were partially cut into the hillside, connecting the furnaces to a 127 foot high chimney. The chambers would be cleared out regularly to recover lead condensed as soot on the walls. The exact layout of the flue system is not known but part survives under the hillside.

Buck, C., 2008, Weir Quay Smelters, Devon: Impact and Conservation Assessment, 29 (Report - Assessment). SDV344723.

It is not known if there was a single flue from all parts of the lead smelter that led up to the chimney, or two flues; however the survey evidence appears to point to the former, with a junction at SX 4334565036, where it appears the main flue from the west set of furnaces met the main flue from the Pattinson furnaces, all of which has been robbed, leaving changes in slope as the only site evidence. Other details: Figures 17, 22, site 51.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV240080Un-published: Claughton, P. F.. 1998. A Brief History of the Tamar Smelting Works. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV344723Report - Assessment: Buck, C.. 2008. Weir Quay Smelters, Devon: Impact and Conservation Assessment. Cornwall County Council Report. 2008R137. A4 Stapled + Digital. 29.

Associated Monuments

MDV5442Part of: Tamar Smelting Works, Weirquay, Bere Ferrers (Monument)
MDV78240Related to: Flues and Condensing Chambers at Tamar Lead Smelting Works, Bere Ferrers (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Nov 22 2018 4:00PM