MSO8963 - Gupworthy Level (Monument)


Gupworthy Level was owned by the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company, but its date of operation are unknown. Most of the site is under water following the damming of the valley.

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Type and Period (2)

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Full Description

"Gupworthy Level, disused" is marked on the 1962 6" map. [1] In 1846 a cornish entrepeneur named Smith Tibbits drove an adit at circa SS 96623508 in search of copper. The adit was abandoned before he found any ore but was taken on by his brother who found a substantial iron lode in 1849. [2] This mine was owned by the Brendon Hills Iron Ore Company, presumably an adit mine. There was a Tramway to the spoil heap. There are no documentary details as to its precise date. A miners cottage survives in good condition with roof and walls intact but apparently not inhabited. Other cottages comprising a row of about five or six small buildings are ruinous (MEM15331). The row is cut into the hillside. The rest of the site, including the actual level, tramway and adit is now under water, the valley having been dammed a little to the SW. A drain has been dug through the garden of the surviving cottage which effectively cuts off the access to it. This drain then passes in front of the row of cottages and into the lake A trackway runs from Gupworthy Old Pit (MMO798) to the site, meandering down the hillside to run past the ruined church MSO8967. [3-6] The site is shown as disused on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. [9]

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962. 6" SS93NE.
  • <2> Report: Jones, M.. The Brendon Hills Iron Mines. P.1.
  • <3> Monograph: Sellick, R.. 1970. The West Somerset Mineral Railway and the Story of the Brendon Hills Iron Mines. David and Charles Limited. Second. p56, 59.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1974. 25" SS9635.
  • <5> Monograph: Bryant T.C. 1980. The Hollow Hills of Brendon. 6.
  • <6> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. Dennison E, SCPD, 22-DEC-1985.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: 1994. DAP WD32.
  • <8> Map: Historic Environment Service 1:2500 HBC 3.003.-001.
  • <9> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.



Grid reference Centred SS 966 350 (142m by 119m)
Map sheet SS93NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO11083
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 93 NE37
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1127734
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33380

Record last edited

Apr 30 2018 11:08PM


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