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HER Number:MDV105134
Name:Leats supplying Belstone Consols Mine


Leats taken from the River Tavy to supply the mid-late 19th century Belstone Consols Mine. Water was used to drive the vast waterwheel and parts of the course of the leat were carried via aqueduct. Part of the course of the leat is preserved as a footpath today.


Grid Reference:SX 627 936
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBelstone
Civil ParishSouth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBELSTONE
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH TAWTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • AQUEDUCT (XIX to XX - 1878 AD to 1950 AD? (Between))
  • LEAT (XIX to XX - 1878 AD to 1950 AD? (Between))

Full description

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

Leats supplying the Belstone Consols Mine waterwheel are depicted on the historic map, sections of this were transported via aqueduct to the wheel.

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

Parts of the leats and associated wheelpit depicted on the early 20th century map, although the mine had closed in 1891. Aqueducts not shown.

Ordnance Survey, 1950-1954, Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV350147.

Part of the leat still visible on map dating to the 1950s, although it does not appear on the modern mapping.

Terry, A., 2013, Belstone Consols Leats information (Personal Comment). SDV356503.

Two leats served the Belstone Consols wheel. Both remain clearly traceable on the ground for most of their lengths. The upper one ran for more than a mile upstream right around the bend in the river to a point below Birchy Lake.
Along its route it traversed a small gorge by means of a launder which was still in place during the childhoods of several, only lately deceased, local residents. The lower leat was much shorter (and rather broader) and departed from the river only about half a mile upstream from the wheel.
Nowadays, several hundred metres of the upper leat is used as a footpath and as such is kept clear by Ian Brooker and conservation volunteers.
Leats were both surveyed in detail. It was discovered that, at some point, the water authority have used the length of the lower leat below the lane as it approaches the wheelpit as the route for their sewer.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Part of the course of the leat is now a footpath marked 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). [Mapped feature: #64597 ]
SDV350147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1950-1954. Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV356503Personal Comment: Terry, A.. 2013. Belstone Consols Leats information. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6879Part of: Belstone Consols Mine at Greenhill (Monument)
MDV63127Related to: Belstone Consols Mine Wheelpit (Monument)
MDV105137Related to: Buildings associated with Belstone Consols Mine Leat (Building)
MDV6906Related to: Ivy Tor Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV102811Related to: Weir at Belstone Cleave (Monument)
MDV102812Related to: Weir at Ivytor, Belstone (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 14 2014 3:53PM