A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
March 20, 2023
Norsworthy Bridge (RH Bank of River Meavy) Stamping Mill
Between Leather Tor and Nosworthy bridges, on or near both banks of the River Meavy, lie the ruins of two Tinners’ Mills. The Tinners’ Mill on the left (east) bank of the River Meavy, which is close to the path between Norsworthy Farm ruins and Leather Tor bridge, is the most well known and visited mill, noted for having a large number of mortar stones.
About 75 m from the right (west) bank of the River Meavy is a less well known and less visited Tinners’ Mill with a further ruinous building of unknown origin close-by to the west. They both lie in a gully measuring up to 3.5m deep, which is likely to have been an old tinners’ openwork. This Tinners’ Mill ruins comprises a wheelpit and a small stamps building (for ore crushing). Between the Tinners’ Mill (known as a Stamping or Knocking Mill) and the river on top of the gully, a triple mortar stone can be found suggesting the mill once had three heads of stamps. It is all these features on the right (west) bank of the Meavy, which are the subject of this post.
Tom Greeves, 1971, A Tinners Mill in Walkhampton parish, (SDV250178).