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HER Number:MDV79870
Name:Stamping Mill at Anderton Mine, Whitchurch


Water-powered stamping mill shown on late 19th century Ordnance Survey map, part of the old Anderton Mine complex.


Grid Reference:SX 487 723
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • STAMPING MILL (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Site of water-powered stamping mill shown on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.

Passmore, A., 2009, Archaeological Recording at Anderton Mine, Tavistock, Devon, 1; figures 2-3. (Report - Watching Brief). SDV347943.

A waterwheel may have provided power to drive stamps for crushing the tin, as depicted in a late 19th century photograph, which shows a tramway leading from an adit located further uphill and terminating beside the waterwheel, where ore could be dropped into the mill housing the stamps. It is possible steam power was also used, and a description of the equipment in 1888 refers to 'sixteen heads of fire stamps and twelve heads of water stamps'.

Newman, P., 2011, Mining in the Tavy Valley, West Devon. An Assessment of Archaeological Potential, 12, Fig 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV347105.

Anderton Mine has a split location. The old mine is in the valley of the Tiddy Brook, to the east of the modern A386. The later section is at Anderton, a farm to the west of the road. Buildings and features at the former location included an engine house, water-powered stamping mill and a dressing floor with round buddles.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #106672 ]
SDV347105Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2011. Mining in the Tavy Valley, West Devon. An Assessment of Archaeological Potential. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 12, Fig 4.
SDV347943Report - Watching Brief: Passmore, A.. 2009. Archaeological Recording at Anderton Mine, Tavistock, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 09.107. A4 Stapled + Digital. 1; figures 2-3..

Associated Monuments

MDV4077Part of: Anderton Mine, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV79871Related to: Dressing Floor at Anderton Mine, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV79868Related to: Engine House at Anderton Mine, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV79873Related to: Water Wheel at Anderton Mine, Whitchurch (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5390 - Archaeological Recording at Anderton Mine, Tavistock

Date Last Edited:Oct 25 2012 3:14PM