Now Cancelled. Tinworking, Mining and Miners in Ashburton All day
Sorry DTRG have decided to cancel due to Covid-19
Open to all.
This day will explore the rich legacy of mining in the Ashburton parish area, Two talks, exhibitions, bookstalls and afternoon walk will provide excellent stimulation for discovery and discussion.
The event will be free of charge but donations will be welcome to cover the costs incurred by DTRG in organizing the day.
Please indicate your attendance by emailing
so as to give us an idea of the numbers expected.
10:00 Exhibitions, bookstalls etc,
10:15 DTRG: the Tinworks and Tin Mines of Ashburton Parish
11:15 Coffee, exhibitions, bookstalls, etc.
11:45 DTRG: 'The Ashburton Copper and Umber Mines'
12:45 Lunch (own arrangements),
14:00 The afternoon field trip will involve driving to the important mining area around Owlacombe. Parking is available at SX 767 733. This is a fascinating mining landscape, with a number of mining features, surviving structures and tinworking remains dating from the medieval period, right through to the early 20th century. The area has a fairly typical mining profile, with numerous individuals and companies attempting to work the tin deposits with varying degrees of success. The documentary records tell an interesting story of ownership challenges, water disputes, changes in mining technology, mining individuals and private investment. The remains are all on private land and we are very grateful to the landowners for their permission to visit the various tinworks, mines and dressing floors. The walk does involve some slopes and rough terrain, so sturdy footwear is recommended.
exhibitions, bookstalls, etc,
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Blowing Houses at Yealm Steps 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
Venue: Sorry we've had to cancel due to Covid-19
On this walk we will be visiting the remains of two blowing houses situated on the upper reaches of the River Yealm. The upper blowing house contains a furnace, float stone and mould stone, The wheel pit is preserved as a buried feature and there are traces of a feat leading towards the western side of the building, Other tinworking remains to be seen include openworks and tin streamworks, There are also a number of prehistoric features to explore on the route, Please bring a packed lunch. No need to pre-book. Just turn up on the day.
Leader Bob Bruce.