MDE21389 - Captain's House at Bampfylde Mine (Monument)


The house dates to the 19th Century and was the home of Captain Pope and his family. The site is now ruinous.

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Bampfylde Mine. Site of mine captain's house. [1] The house is partly visible in a photograph of the site dating to approximately 1870, which may also include Captain Pope and his family. An 1868 inventory of the site describes a "fine and commodious house". The site of the house was noted as a pile of rubble, with little evidence of the former walls during a site visit. It was apparently extant in 1980s and was described as a "fine house," which had been occupied by Captain Pope. Its plan can be seen on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map [3]. The roof and chimnies of this building and its outbuildings can be seen behind the main shears and wheel in the 1870 photograph. [2] A large rectangular building is shown on the 25 inch 1889 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map with a very irregular shaped structure to the west. A 'well' and two rectangular buildings are shown to the north and northeast. The complex is in an irregular shaped enclosure to the east of the river. [3] The site of the building is clearly visible on aerial photographs of the area which were examined as part of the Exmoor National Park National Mapping Project in 2009.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Report: Dixon, D.. 1978. Report of visit to Bampfylde Copper Mine. Site visit.
  • <2> Monograph: Dixon, D.. 1983. Mining and the Community in the Parishes of North Molton, South Molton, Molland and Twitchen, Devonshire. 179-180, 181, 224, 245.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 106G/UK/1420 3442-43 (15 April 1946).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3380-81 (11 April 1947).
  • <6> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 73 SW. MD002194.



Grid reference Centred SS 7385 3279 (21m by 19m)
Map sheet SS73SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 46112
  • Devon SMR: SS73SW/3/2

Record last edited

Apr 17 2019 12:10PM


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