MDE21420 - Toby's Shaft and Hewitts Land Shaft at Bampfylde Mine (Monument)


The site of the shafts appears to have been lost under later spoil heaps. They are shown on a map of 1772 but were out of use by 1868.

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Site of Toby's Shaft and Hewitts Lands Shaft. Part of Bampfylde Copper Mine. [1] A plan of 1772 depicts two shafts between the engine shaft and the river called Toby's Shaft (c.24 fathoms) and Hewitts Winds (c.15 fathoms) respectively, with a sizeable worked area between them. They are not shown on a section of the site drawn in 1868 and are likely lost below the spoil heaps to the west of Engine Shaft (MDE21231). [2] Section drawing showing location of Toby's Shaft dated 1772. [3] This site was mapped at SS 737 327 (data from Devon HER); however, the evidence from [2] suggests the shafts were in the area around c.SS 7385 3274. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Report: Dixon, D.. 1978. Report of visit to Bampfylde Copper Mine. Site visit.
  • <2>XY Monograph: Dixon, D.. 1983. Mining and the Community in the Parishes of North Molton, South Molton, Molland and Twitchen, Devonshire. 111, 230. [Mapped feature: #45982 Suggested location of site, ]
  • <3> Article in serial: Claughton, P. F.. 1992. The North Molton Copper mine; riches in the west. North Devon Heritage Journal. 4. 6. 6.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 10 April 2019.



Grid reference SS 738 327 (point)
Map sheet SS73SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 46860
  • Devon SMR: SS73SW/3/18

Record last edited

Apr 10 2019 11:19AM


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