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HER Number:MDV102901
Name:Weir on River Erme at Stowford Cleave, Cornwood


Weir on River Erme, 176 metres north of Ivybridge Viaduct at head of leat to Stowford Mill. The weir is depicted on the late 19th / early 20th century historic maps.


Grid Reference:SX 637 570
Map Sheet:SX65NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WEIR (Constructed, XVIII to XIX - 1750 AD? to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

The Tithe Map appears to show the leat coming off the River Erme downstream of its current position. While this could be due to differences in cartographic representation and accuracy it is also possible that the leat was extended subsequently and a new weir constructed in order to obtain a greater head of water at Stowford Mill. If this is the case then such works are likely to have taken place during John Allen's redevelopment of the mill in the 1850s and 60s. The papermill, leat and weir together, therefore, are important monuments associated with the forefront of paper producing technology as it stood in the mid 19th century.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

"Weir" is depicted on late 19th century historic map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

"weir" is depicted on early 20th century historic map.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Weir is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #62406 ]
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV13089Related to: Leat to Stowford Mill, Ivybridge (Monument)
MDV4744Related to: Stowford Paper Mill, Harford, Ivybridge (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 16 2016 9:17AM