A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
August 6, 2023
Stannon Brook Tinner’s Mill
Tucked away, a short distance to the north of Postbridge, near to the lane which leads to Hartyland and close to Stannon Brook are the ruins of a Tinner’s Blowing Mill (House), which is marked on 19th Century maps but not the modern OS maps. The Mill is located in an area known as Hartiland Moor or Mucks Hole Gate and is on private land, so when a visit to the site with the Dartmoor Tin Research Group (DTRG) came along, the author took the opportunity to do so.
The DTRG, in their newsletter number 15 (July 1998), recorded that there are three buildings on the site but need a little effort they can be identified. On this visit (July 2023), the author and others on the visit could only positively identify two buildings with only a possible third or enclosure. In the DTRG newsletter, it further stated that the Tinner’s Mill, in 1981, was overwhelmed by the dumping of topsoil from a new agricultural building at Middle Merripit.
Intriguingly, the Heritage Gateway (entry by Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England) there is only mention of two buildings on the site. Their entry does, however, mention a small rectangular enclosure, earthworks, associated leats and the site of the Blowing House. This post records attempts to record as many as the aforementioned features recorded in both the DTRG newsletter and on the Heritage Gateway.