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HER Number:MDV79980
Name:Tinworking in Morwelldown Plantation, Gulworthy

Summary

Evidence for early tin outcrop working in the form of pits and surface disturbance recorded on Morwell Down. Possible shafts and streamworks were visible on aerial photographs as earthworks and were transcribed as part of the NMP survey of the Tamar Valley AONB.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 457 715
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIN WORKS (Unknown date)
  • MINE SHAFT (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))
  • STREAMWORKS (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Cornwall Archaeological Unit, 2001-2002, Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records, RAF/CPE/UK/2501/F20/4109-10 (Interpretation). SDV346287.

Transcriptions of numerous small circular earthwork pits and linear spoil heaps visible on aerial photographs RAF/CPE/UK/2501/F20/4109-10 correspond with database records of post-medieval mine shafts and streamworks on the northern edge of Morwelldown Plantation. Map object based on this source.


Newman, P., 2011, Mining in the Tavy Valley, West Devon. An Assessment of Archaeological Potential, 63 (Report - Assessment). SDV347105.

Pits and surface disturbance, evidence of early tin outcrop working, recorded on Morwell Down. Other details: No. 63. Map object based on this Source.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2016, Backlog Recording of the Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Survey (Personal Comment). SDV359374.

The aerial photograph reference given in the Tamar Valley NMP transcription attributes is incomplete; the date of the photograph is not included. Structural remains of a reservoir and aprobably associted leat or ditch in this area were probably not associated with the industrial remains and were not included in this record. It is more probable they were associated with the early 20th century reservoir recorded as MDV106404.


Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 182-186, fig 6.35-6 (Monograph). SDV361789.

Shown on map of ancient mining evidence of Morwell Down in vicinity of Holming Beam as part of 'Herdwick 1578 Lord John's 18th century'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346287Interpretation: Cornwall Archaeological Unit. 2001-2002. Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Transcriptions and Database Records. National Mapping Programme. Map (Digital). RAF/CPE/UK/2501/F20/4109-10.
SDV347105Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2011. Mining in the Tavy Valley, West Devon. An Assessment of Archaeological Potential. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 63.
SDV359374Personal Comment: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2016. Backlog Recording of the Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme Survey. Not Applicable.
SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 182-186, fig 6.35-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV114364Related to: Holming Beam middle lode, Morwell Down (Monument)
MDV16802Related to: South Wheal Luscombe Mine, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV123232Related to: Tavistock Canal, Main record (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6911 - Tamar Valley National Mapping Programme
  • EDV8013 - Survey of the Tavistock Canal Tunnel on Morwelldown

Date Last Edited:Nov 8 2018 12:17PM