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HER Number:MDV7986
Name:Shaft at Boro' Wood Castle, Ashburton


19th century mine shaft associated with nearby Druid Mine.


Grid Reference:SX 747 716
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/14/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE SHAFT (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Shaft not shown on 19th century map but a track is shown running north east from the road to the south of 'Druid Copper Mine' to the site of the shaft.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Old Shaft' shown on early 20th century map.

Berry, N. + Simmonds, T., 1996, An Archaeological Survey of Boro Wood (SX7571), Erme Wood (SX6357), Wistmans Wood (SX6177) and Newpark Waste (SX5961) (Report - Survey). SDV360518.

Newman, P., 2002, Boro Wood, Ashburton, Devon (Report - Survey). SDV351138.

Open mine shaft with a spoil collar in north-west corner of enclosure. Associated with the 19th century Arundell or Druid Mine. To the north of the shaft is a circular earthwork platform which could have accommodated a horse whim for raising and lowering materials in the shaft.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

'Shaft (dis)' shown on modern mapping.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX77SW30 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV301056.

Site visit June 1976. Deep shaft at Boro' wood Castle. Not recent as there is a large tree is growing inside it. The area is completely wooded.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV301056Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX77SW30. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #48889 ]
SDV351138Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Boro Wood, Ashburton, Devon. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. AI/7/2002. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV360518Report - Survey: Berry, N. + Simmonds, T.. 1996. An Archaeological Survey of Boro Wood (SX7571), Erme Wood (SX6357), Wistmans Wood (SX6177) and Newpark Waste (SX5961). Dartmoor National Park Authority Report. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV8015Related to: Druid Mine, Ashburton (Monument)
MDV7985Related to: Enclosure in Boro' Wood, Ashburton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6139 - Archaeological Survey of Boro Wood, Ashburton (Ref: AI/7/2002)
  • EDV7444 - Survey of Newpark Waste and Boro, Erme and Wistmans Woods

Date Last Edited:Feb 2 2018 9:42AM