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HER Number:MDV80912
Name:Tramway, Hemerdon China Clay Works


The route of an inclined railway to Hemerdon Tip, visible on a 1940s aerial photograph, may survive as a bank 20 metres long which would have formed the bed of the track.


Grid Reference:SX 575 599
Map Sheet:SX55NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSparkwell
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishPLYMPTON ST.MARY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRAMWAY (XX - 1901 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Dyer, M. J., 2011, Archaeological Recording of an Extension to Headon West Quarry, 13, 18 (Report - Survey). SDV348045.

The probable route of an inclined railway, visible on a 1948 aerial photograph, survives as a bank, 20 metres long, 6 metres wide and 1 metre high, on a north-west to south-east alignment. The bank was precisely aligned with Hemerdon Tip, and would have formed the bed of a railway. The north end had been truncated and the south end disturbed by a cutting, the position of which corresponds with the bottom of the incline. Here there would have been a sunken structure known as the 'dog's hole', where waste was transferred from wagons to a skip at the base of the incline, and the cutting may have marked where this stucture had been removed. Other details: Figures 8, 12.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348045Report - Survey: Dyer, M. J.. 2011. Archaeological Recording of an Extension to Headon West Quarry. Exeter Archaeology Report. 11.33. A4 Stapled + Digital. 13, 18. [Mapped feature: #107703 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV12695Part of: Hemerdon and Broomage China Clay Works (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5481 - Archaeological Recording at Headon West Quarry

Date Last Edited:Nov 17 2011 12:05PM