Work Continues Apace on the Valley’s Heritage

Disused Cornish tin mine

Monument Management Scheme (MMS)
We are working with Historic England to survey and develop reports for important historic sites in and around the Valley, namely Gunnislake Clitters Mine, New Consols Mine, Okel Tor Mine, Gawton Mine, Holmbush Mine (Winsor Lane), Tamar Canal Lock and WW2 Landing Craft Grid at Saltash. This work is now coming into its last phase and we will have comprehensive surveys of their condition and the prioritised and costed repair or stabilisation intervention reports by the end of March 2023.
All of these 7 sites are currently on the Heritage at Risk Register and this work will move them closer to being removed from that register.  We are also helping the site owners to look for further funding in order to carry out essential repairs.

Mineworkers’ Smallholdings
We hope to have the final report which will identify the plots of land that were once minworkers’ smallholdings, by the end of September.
In the late 1700s and up until the late 1800s Mineworkers families were allocated plots of land to grow crops or rear livestock.  These plots could range from the size of a large back garden up to a few acres.
These plots of land are being identified using the 1840 Tythe Map and the 1841 census.  We are able to dientify who owned the land, what the land was used for and trace the family history of ownership.  Some work has already been done in the Calstock area, but this research is being extended into the Bere peninsula and north of the Callington/Gunnislake road.

Heritage Input into Parish/Local Plans
We are available to offer help and advice to any parish or community reviewing a local plan. It is important that key heritage features are considered when parish/local plans are being written; these are just as important as any ecological/biodiversity input that may be considered.  Gary Lewis, our Senior Heritage Officer can be contacted directly:

Historic Environment Record (Devon & Cornwall)
We are working with Cornwall Council, Devon County Council and Kresen Kernow to identify records in the Tamara Scheme area and make them more widely available. We aim to upload all new records and documents that are discovered so that the historic record is improved and widened.
The Cornwall Historic Environment Records team are willing to run a free workshop to train volunteers how to enter records onto the HER.  This can take place locally and will be open for up to 10 attendees. More information will follow on this.
Both Devon and Cornwall have Historic Environment Records.  These are hosted by the county Local Authority and are publicly available interactive maps with links to information about each site.  In addition, Cornwall has a county archive, Kresen Kernow, where documents, photographs and oral history are retained.

Heritage Grants
Tamara has some grant funding available for heritage sites that are not eligible for other grant funding.  Most grants awarded will be between £500 and £2000 and applications will be considered by the Tamara Heritage Project Group which comprises heritage experts from both Devon and Cornwall.  If you think you have a site or feature that might benefit from such a grant, contact the Tamara Senior Heritage Officer in the first instance




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