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HER Number:MDV107536
Name:Strode Road Bridge Weir, Buckfastleigh


Site of a weir which was the source of water for the original leat to Kilbury Mill. The leat and weir are first documented in 1744. The weir broadly in this location today is a modern concrete weir associated with the construction of the A38 viaduct.


Grid Reference:SX 744 660
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBuckfastleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WEIR (Unknown date)

Full description

Passmore, A., 01/10/2004, Strode Road Weir (Plan - sketch). SDV357094.

Sketch plan of weir.

Unknown, 15/02/1744, Kilbury Mills and Weir (Record Office Collection). SDV356993.

The weir and leat are mentioned in the grant of Kilbury Mills from Richard Holditch of Buckfastleigh to John Williams of Broadhempstone, dated 15th February 1744.

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

Leat depicted.

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

A leat to Kilbury Paper Mill is shown diverting from the River Mardle at this point although no weir is marked.

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

Weir marked at head of leat to Kilbury Paper Mill.

Passmore, A., 2004, Strode Road Bridge Weir, 5005_4 (Ground Photograph). SDV357272.

Slide showing site of weir, island and 20th century engineering works.

Exeter Archaeology, 2005, An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report, Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. No. 4 (Report - Survey). SDV356906.

Strode Road Bridge Weir. Ex. Arch. No. 4. Environment Agency No. 6.
Watercourse: River Mardle. Historic function: Served Kilbury corn/paper mill.
This weir was the source of water for the original leat to Kilbury Mill. The mill is first recorded in a dispute involved a (corn) miller William Austin in 1655. A subsequent reference to grist mills in 1744 calls them Austens Mills. The weir probably went out of use between 1840 and 1887 when it was replaced by Kilbury Weir.
The weir does not survive, nor does the leat at this end of its course. The site of the weir is immediately downstream of the A38 viaduct over the River Mardle and the area has been heavily disturbed by the viaduct's construction. This included the remodelling of the left bank with stone revetments and the refacing of the island in the centre of the weir, which appears to be the same as depicted on early Ordnance Survey maps, in stone. Behind the revetment the land appears to have been raised up by up to 2 metres burying any evidence of the leat under gardens of 20th century housing. Upstream of the island the water level drops about 0.3 metres and this may represent the remains of the weir, although the visible stone here appears simply to have been washed down from further upstream. A concrete weir, associated with the viaduct construction has been built between the left bank and the island in the river.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

A weir is shown broadly the same location as that depicted on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey map, although at a different angle across the river. The leat has gone.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #66969 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV356906Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2005. An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. Digital. Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. No. 4.
SDV356993Record Office Collection: Unknown. 15/02/1744. Kilbury Mills and Weir. DRO 924B/T8. Unknown.
SDV357094Plan - sketch: Passmore, A.. 01/10/2004. Strode Road Weir. Exeter Archaeology River Dart Catchment Weirs Survey. Digital.
SDV357272Ground Photograph: Passmore, A.. 2004. Strode Road Bridge Weir. Exeter Archaeology River Dart Catchment Weirs Survey. Slide + Digital. 5005_4.

Associated Monuments

MDV7781Related to: Dart Mills, formerly Kilbury Paper Mill, Buckfastleigh (Building)
MDV107600Related to: Kilbury Mill Leat 1, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV107538Related to: Kilbury Weir, Buckfastleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6538 - Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment

Date Last Edited:Oct 24 2014 9:03AM