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Fayrecombe Mill

Steve Grigg and Frank Collinson

Set in the lovely Teign Valley close to Teignhead Farm, this tinners mill is definitely worth a visit and has lots of very discernible features for those interested in industrial archealogy. The items identified were taken from a paper produced by Dr Tom Greeves, who has conducted some superb industrial archealogical research across the moor. This is recorded as being the earliest documented tin mill on Dartmoor, with structural remains surviving. It was recorded in 1457 as a ‘Tynsmyth’

Fayrecombe Mill Layout Drawing
General Layout based on drawing from Dr Greeves in his paper, Lodges and Mills: The Field Archaeology of Tin Accommodation, Stamping and Smelting on Dartmoor
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General site looking East towards Fernworthy Forest.
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General view of the site looking north across the river Teign, with Teignhead Farm trees visible.
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A double mould stone, with a single (mould stone) below and to the left. SX63775 84269
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Wheelpit at SX63779 84278
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Location of furnace at SX63776 84278
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Another view of the site with a worked stone (mould or float) in foreground. SX63785 84268
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Dr Greeves describes this as wedge cut face natural stone
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Double mould stone, next to the river at SX63781 84263
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The main part of the mill at SX63772 84276
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Possible Buddles (two or three) at SX63762 84259
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Heading away from the mill. Teignhead Farm easily recognisable and the mill in the middle of the picture. The line of the Teign flowing left to right (SW to NE at this point) can be made out.
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An outbuilding adjacent to the main mill at SX63773 84274
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