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MONUMENT NO. 916223

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An area of intensive 19th century or earlier opencast lode tinworking covering an area of 19 hectares on the lower south-facing slope of Water Hill, bounded to the southeast by Walla Brook headwaters. The openworks are depicted on Ordnance Survey six inch maps of 1883-4. An archaeological field survey in 1992 recorded seven openworks with associated secondary features. The openworks varied between 4 metres to 45 metres in width and were up to 25 metres in depth. Associated features include four reservoirs. Distribution channels have survived at three of the reservoirs leading from the sluice into the openworks. Water would have been supplied to the workings from Statts Brook by three seperate leats. Tin prospecting pits are scattered over much the working area. The nineteenth century Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine leat, was constructed through the working area, intersecting two of the openworks.

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