First tin smelt at the Former Tamar Smelt Works for over one hundred years

Always ready to make history, the Spirit of Dartmoor Tin team descended on Weir Quay, Devon, to do just that.

Built in 1849 the Tamar Smelt Works at Weir Quay, near Yelverton in Devon, only had a relatvely short working life before cheaper, more productive methods of smelting evolved. However it is the only one left largely untouched, save for the loss of the chimneys, so the owners were really thrilled when we asked them if we could smelt tin there for the first time in over a century. This is part of our ongoing book project 'Spirit of Dartmoor Tin'.

The video was shot with a Nikon Z 6 mounting a NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4S lens fitted on a Zhiyun Weebill-S gimbal, whilst stills used a Nikon Z 6 fitted with a NIKKOR AF-S 50mm f/1.8G lens. All post-production was done using Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 and Adobe Photoshop 2021.


Tamar Smelt Works First Smelting In Over A Century