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HER Number:MDV106853
Name:Leat in Redwater Valley, above Challacombe


Early 20th century leat associated with buddles and wheelpit at Redwater. Took water from the West Webburn River. Exact source point unknown.


Grid Reference:SX 688 791
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 915277

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XX - 1920 AD to 1927 AD (Between))

Full description

Pattison, P., 1990, Field investigation, 15/06/1990 (Report - Survey). SDV356547.

SX 6888 7914: A leat close to the Redwater Valley floor supplying the early 20th century tin treatment plant (MDV53013) with water taken off the West Webburn River.
The leat is a U-shaped channel 0.9 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep.
It was investigated from SX 6885 7918 (Challacombe Farm boundary) south-east, where it runs atop then cuts a furlong boundary of the field system (MDV6010), to SX 6887 7910 where it forked to supply one of the tin buddles then discharged into the West Webburn. The source was not investigated, lying outside the area of survey, but probably is on the West webburn a little higher up the valley.

Agricultural Development Advisory Service, 1991, Challacombe Farm Postbridge, Devon (Duchy Farms Project), 33, Map D1 (Report - Assessment). SDV356546.

A leat, now dry, conveyed water from the West Webburn River to a tin treatment plant. It is now a u-shaped channel 0.9 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep.

English Heritage, 2005, Industrial Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV346396.

Depicted on the survey data: A 20th century leat probably associated with nearby tinworking. The leat is visible as a U-shaped channel measuring 0.9 metres by 0.5 metres deep.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Southern end of leat visible on aerial photograph.

Welch, B. + Welch, T., 2014, 1:100 survey of the Redwater wheel pit and buddles (Plan - measured). SDV356560.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #66363 ]
SDV346396Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Industrial Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV356546Report - Assessment: Agricultural Development Advisory Service. 1991. Challacombe Farm Postbridge, Devon (Duchy Farms Project). Agricultural Development Advisory Service. A3 Comb Bound. 33, Map D1.
SDV356547Report - Survey: Pattison, P.. 1990. Field investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Digital. 15/06/1990.
SDV356560Plan - measured: Welch, B. + Welch, T.. 2014. 1:100 survey of the Redwater wheel pit and buddles. 1:100. A4 Single Sheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV106851Related to: Buddles in Redwater Valley, above Challacombe (Monument)
MDV6010Related to: Field system at Challacombe Down (Monument)
MDV106846Related to: Streamworks west of Challacombe Down (Monument)
MDV53013Related to: Tin mill in Redwater Valley, above Challacombe (Monument)
MDV106852Related to: Wheelpit in Redwater Valley, above Challacombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 29 2014 2:19PM