Diary Dates
21
Jul
10:00 - 16:00 DTRG Stand at Widecombe Dig
Venue: Widecombe
There is to be another fortnight of excavation at North Hall, Widecombe 9 to 21 July 2018. This is an interesting site, with much information being produced. DTRG has been asked by MTMTE to have a stall at the open day.
28
Jul
10:00 - 13:00 West Beam Work Morning
Venue: Owlacombe
Much of the work in uncovering the burning house at West Beam has been completed and we now need to investigate protecting and conserving it. Unfortunately some of the furnace wall has collapsed. There is still some work to do clearing vegetation and it would be good to clear and consolidate around the wheelpit and balance box pit. We need to resolve the questions concerning the flue and its crossing point on the leat and to confirm the site of the stamps and how the system of buddles and settling pits worked.
11
Aug
10:00 - 16:00 Survey Day
Venue: See Newsletter
Please see Newsletters for full plan. The sites we hope to work are Norsworthy Tin Mill, Baggator Mine, North Roborough Mine and Bagtor and Crownley Park. We have started surveying Norsworthy Mill near Burrator, the clearance of which was covered in the last Newsletter. This has made the features much easier to locate. We are planning to record the entire site and to produce accurate records of the remaining mortar stones and other worked stones.
16
Aug
10:00 - 16:00 Survey Day
Venue: See Newsletter
Please see Newsletters for full plan. The sites we hope to work are Norsworthy Tin Mill, Baggator Mine, North Roborough Mine and Bagtor and Crownley Park. We have started surveying Norsworthy Mill near Burrator, the clearance of which was covered in the last Newsletter. This has made the features much easier to locate. We are planning to record the entire site and to produce accurate records of the remaining mortar stones and other worked stones.
25
Aug
10:00 - 16:00 Survey Day
Venue: See Newsletter
Please see Newsletters for full plan. The sites we hope to work are Norsworthy Tin Mill, Baggator Mine, North Roborough Mine and Bagtor and Crownley Park. We have started surveying Norsworthy Mill near Burrator, the clearance of which was covered in the last Newsletter. This has made the features much easier to locate. We are planning to record the entire site and to produce accurate records of the remaining mortar stones and other worked stones.
30
Aug
10:00 - 16:00 Brimpts Queries Day
Venue: Brimpts
Please see Newsletter.
6
Sep
10:00 - 16:00 Survey Day
Venue: See Newsletter
Please see Newsletters for full plan. The sites we hope to work are Norsworthy Tin Mill, Baggator Mine, North Roborough Mine and Bagtor and Crownley Park. We have started surveying Norsworthy Mill near Burrator, the clearance of which was covered in the last Newsletter. This has made the features much easier to locate. We are planning to record the entire site and to produce accurate records of the remaining mortar stones and other worked stones.
15
Sep
10:00 - 16:00 Survey Day
Venue: See Newsletter
Please see Newsletters for full plan. The sites we hope to work are Norsworthy Tin Mill, Baggator Mine, North Roborough Mine and Bagtor and Crownley Park. We have started surveying Norsworthy Mill near Burrator, the clearance of which was covered in the last Newsletter. This has made the features much easier to locate. We are planning to record the entire site and to produce accurate records of the remaining mortar stones and other worked stones.
20
Sep
10:00 - 16:00 Survey Day
Venue: See Newsletter
Please see Newsletters for full plan. The sites we hope to work are Norsworthy Tin Mill, Baggator Mine, North Roborough Mine and Bagtor and Crownley Park. We have started surveying Norsworthy Mill near Burrator, the clearance of which was covered in the last Newsletter. This has made the features much easier to locate. We are planning to record the entire site and to produce accurate records of the remaining mortar stones and other worked stones.
23
Sep
10:00 - 16:00 Wheal Dorothy Visit
Venue: SX 681 629
The walk is approximately 7.5 miles with some steep slopes and areas of moorland vegetation. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch and something to drink. This is an all-day walk with several industrial archaeology sites to visit in addition to the usual tinworking remains. The walk starts at the site of a china clay processing works and follows the Zeal Tor Tramway to Petres Pits. We will then continue following the Zeal Tor Tramway with a few detours to tinworking sites, before dropping down to the Avon Valley and Wheal Dorothy and the Broad Falls Clashmill. Our return journey will follow the watershed of Western and Eastern White Barrow back to Shipley Bridge, visiting streamworks and small openworks on the way. On a clear sunny day, good panoramic views of prehistoric settlements and distant tinworks add interest to the beautiful moorland scenery. If you wish to attend please contact Stephen Holley
3
Nov
13:30 - 14:30 DTRG Autumn Social Walk
Venue: Brookwood Mine
Meet at car park by the dressing floor spoil heaps (SX 719 676).
Directions: From the A38 take the Buckfast road, passing the entrance to Buckfast Abbey. Continue uphill to the crossroads at the summit. Take the Holne Road. Follow this for ¾ mile and take the third left-hand lane. After crossing the Mardle and some cottages on the right, the lane ascends. The entrance to Brookwood Manor and the mine is on the right (unmarked). Pass through the pillared entrance and follow drive to the mine dumps and car park on the left.
This visit is a deviation from the norm, as the mine was a prominent copper producer. However, it is an interesting mine that produced a total 34,000 tons of copper ore. Being a large mine there are a lot of visible remains, including wheelpits wheelhouses, an engine house and other mining features. Dr Phil Newman, who will lead the walk, surveyed the area a few years ago and has an excellent knowledge of the site.
Bookings for the walk contact Stephen Holley - see newsletter for full details.
17:30 - 21:00 DTRG Autumn Social Evening
Venue: Dartmoor Lodge Motel
Following the walk, we will retire to the Dartmoor Lodge Motel on the Buckfast to Ashburton Road (SX 749 693) for a carvery followed by presentations. The carvery has a selection of meats (chose on the night) and a nut roast option. It costs £10.95 and will be served from 6:00pm. Booking and payment in advance. We need to have numbers by Saturday 27 October (minimum booking 35 persons). If we don’t have enough people booked by then, the meal will be changed to a set buffet at £12.95, in which case we will require an additional £2 per person on the night.
Bookings for the walk and/or evening social to Stephen Holley, 32 Yeo Park, Yealmpton, Devon PL8 2LP. Emailbuddy32ypSend emailor telephone 01752 880029. Please make cheques payable to the Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group. The titles of the presentations have yet to be agreed.
5
Nov
10:00 - 16:00 Bal Mine Tidy
Venue: SX 56824 69367
Having worked hard to produce a very detailed survey of Bal Mine, we are keen to help South West Lakes Trust keep the whole site tidy and free from vegetation
13
Nov
10:00 - 16:00 Bal Mine Tidy
Venue: SX 56824 69367
Having worked hard to produce a very detailed survey of Bal Mine, we are keen to help South West Lakes Trust keep the whole site tidy and free from vegetation