List of Mines in North Devon and West Somerset

West Challacombe Mine.

Site Identification Number - 089

Combe Martin parish, Devon

NGR SS585.473. (central point of sett)

Also known as New Combmartin and West Combmartin. Shafts and adit 2-300yds south of West Challacombe Farm; shaft below Lester Cliff; adits in cliff at Lester Point and at Wild Pear Beach. Site of ancient working for silver-lead; trials made by Gullet 1790-92; and Combmartin and North Devon Mining Co. in 1843, abandoned in 1845. Further trials for silver-lead 1853-54. Promoted as New Combmartin Silver-lead Mine 1864-66; further working 1873,74 and 76-8, as West Combmartin.
For details of the archaeology of silver-lead mining and smelting in this parish see Atkinson 1997, pp. 73-102.


Peter Claughton / Dept. of Economic and Social History
Last modified 10 May 1998