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HER Number:MDV9369
Name:Plumley Mine, Bovey Tracey

Summary

Plumley Mine, Bovey Tracey was an iron mine worked between 1896 and 1911. Latterly one of the many mines owned by the Febbubron Company. Little remains to be seen on the site today. Was known as North Combe (or Coombe) Shining Ore mine in 1892.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 803 807
Map Sheet:SX88SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of Plumley Mine, which was worked for iron between 1896 and 1911 (also known as North Combe (or Coombe) Shining Ore mine)

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX88SW/27
  • Pastscape: 1441571

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MINE (XIX to Early 20th Century - 1895 AD to 1911 AD (Between))

Full description

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

One building depicted on the First Edition map (approximate date 1880). The pond did not appear to have been formed at the time but a kink in the river can seen to the north of this building where it is later shown. This building does not appear to match up with either of the later buildings precisely so may have been replaced by them.

Unknown, 1900, Plumley Mine (Plan - sketch). SDV347736.

(Photocopy of an original mine plan from around 1900, annotated by Kelly Mine Preservation Society). Two buildings indicated on plan; the drying and packing house (at SX8032780697) and the stamping and washing house to the north (at SX8034380716). Several possible adits are marked with 'A's and the location of the lodes is also indicated. Some other wording is illegible.

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

'Plumley Mine (Iron)' depicted on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey map (approximate date 1905). Processing plant buildings indicated as well as levels and a possible cart or tramway leading to the northern building. Map object based on this Source.

Ordnance Survey, 1930, 4th Edition (Cartographic). SDV339601.

'Plumley Mine (Disused)' depicted on the 1930s Ordnance Survey map. There are no buildings shown and only remains indicated are ‘old levels’.

Ramsden, J. V., 1952, Notes on the Mines of Devonshire, 98 (Article in Serial). SDV60737.

Plumley Mine (P8). Other details: Figure 1.

Richardson, P. H. G., 1992, The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913, 70 (Article in Serial). SDV323598.

Plumley Mine (SX804807) Situated 650 yards west-south-west of Shaptor Rock and immediately south-east of the former Hawkmoor Sanitorium. This mine was active from 1896 to 1911 having been operated latterly by the Ferrubron Company. On the south-east side of the stream flowing past the south-east side of the former Sanatorium and about 200 yards from the road from Bovey Tracey to Moretonhampstead are possible vestiges of dressing floors and settling pits and further up the hillside to the south-east are collapsed adits and quite substantial dumps, but when visited in 1990 the area was very overgrown.
(May be the same mine as North Combe Shining Ore)

Brooks, T., 2004, Devon's Last Metal Mine: Great Rock 'Shiny' Ore Mine, 18,12,13 (Monograph). SDV347738.

In 1892 the lease of the North Coombe Mine was taken over by James Dick of R. & J. Dick Gutta Percha Merchants of Glasgow and operations are recorded as having been restarted in 1895. Dick worked the sett continuously until 1907 when it was taken over by Ferrubron. The mine worked two lodes, the northerly of which was the western extension of a lode worked at Shaptor mine. The mine ceased operations in 1911 and the average annual production of micaceous haematite in the years 1898-1911 was about 50 tons. Also known as Plumley mine.
Remains to be seen today include dressing floors and settling pits below the track by the stream. Up the hillside to the south-east are collapsed adits. Other details: also 2,6,7,18,19,21,24,157,158.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Old Plumley Mine' indicated on the modern mapping, along with three depictions of 'Level (disused)' at this location. The pond still exists but there is no sign of the buildings that were locaterd to the south of it. Map object based on this Source.

Brooks, T., 2016, Kelly Mine and the 'Shiny Ore' Mines of the Wray Valley (Monograph). SDV359934.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV323598Article in Serial: Richardson, P. H. G.. 1992. The Mines of Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley after 1913. British Mining. 44. A5 Paperback. 70.
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).
SDV339601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1930. 4th Edition. Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV347736Plan - sketch: Unknown. 1900. Plumley Mine. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV347738Monograph: Brooks, T.. 2004. Devon's Last Metal Mine: Great Rock 'Shiny' Ore Mine. Devon's Last Metal Mine: Great Rock 'Shiny' Ore Mine. Paperback Volume. 18,12,13.
SDV359934Monograph: Brooks, T.. 2016. Kelly Mine and the 'Shiny Ore' Mines of the Wray Valley. Kelly Mine and the 'Shiny Ore' Mines of the Wray Valley. Paperback Volume.
SDV60737Article in Serial: Ramsden, J. V.. 1952. Notes on the Mines of Devonshire. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 84. A5 Hardback. 98.

Associated Monuments

MDV9357Related to: Great Rock Mine, Hennock (Monument)
MDV47819Related to: Hawkmoor Mine, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV8829Related to: Kelly Mine, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV61758Related to: Mine shafts for Shaptor Mine (Monument)
MDV65846Related to: North Combe Shining Ore Mine (Monument)
MDV8823Related to: Pepperdon Mine in Moor Wood, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV65849Related to: Shaptor Mine, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV80591Related to: Site of Hawkmoor Hospital (Building)
MDV29482Related to: Wray Mine, Moretonhampstead (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8574 - Hidden Dartmoor: Peripheral Mines (Phase 1 Pilot)

Date Last Edited:Feb 9 2021 2:41PM