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HER Number:MDV26328
Name:Wheal Fortune Leat

Summary

A dry leat extending from Kings Ford to Shillapark and beyond to the south which was constructed to convey water to the 19th century Wheal Fortune Mine and other mines to the south.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 551 766
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWhitchurch
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NE 140
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/174
  • Pastscape: 1406387

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 11/06/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4174 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Leat on east slopes of Roos and Great Staple Tor visible on aerial photograph, the bulk lying between the 1200 and 1225 feet contours. Enters map sheet from SX57NE at SX55007670, continues south-west until point SX54687587 when it turns south-east running diagonally across contours to enter Grimstone and Sortridge Leat at SX54747568.


Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

A leat, now dry and silted, which once conveyed water from the River Walkham to drive the water wheels at 19th-century Wheel Fortune mine (centred SX 5492 7554) to the south near Merrivale Bridge. The headweir is on the west bank of the Walkham a King's Ford (SX 5559 7767). From this point the channel follows the contour of the moderate slopes south, passing just outside and to the west of the Shillapark enclosures. The channel is approximately 1.0 metre wide by 0.5 metres deep and has a mound of earth on the downslope (eastern) edge.


Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Depicted on the modern mapping. Map object based on this source.


Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

A dry leat extending from Kings Ford to Shillapark and beyond to the south which was constructed to convey water to Wheal Fortune Mine and other mines to the south.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 11/06/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4174.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #85271 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4111Related to: Great Western Reave, Roos Tor Section (Monument)
MDV25907Related to: Grimstone and Sortridge Leat (Monument)
MDV25902Related to: Leat on Whitchurch Common (Monument)
MDV25566Related to: Merrivale Quarry (Monument)
MDV66227Related to: Streamworks along the River Walkham at King's Ford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Aug 10 2018 3:26PM