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HER Number:MDV107684
Name:Weir on River Harbourne to south of Englebourne Quarry


Weir on the River Harbourne marked on historic mapping. It was constructed to serve as a top-up supply when a wheel pit was constructed on the leat at Englebourne Quarry to the north.


Grid Reference:SX 772 561
Map Sheet:SX75NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHarberton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARBERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WEIR (Unknown date)

Full description

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

Weir on the River Harbourne marked on historic mapping.

Passmore, A., 2004, Harbertonford Woollen Factory, 5005_12 (Ground Photograph). SDV357277.

Slide showing site of weir.

Exeter Archaeology, 2005, An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report, Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. No. 10 (Report - Survey). SDV356906.

Old Mill Weir. Ex. Arch. No. 10. Environment Agency No. 23.
Watercourse: Harbourne River. Historic function: Served Harbertonford Woollen Mill
This weir and short leat was constructed during the nineteenth century when a wheelpit was constructed on the line of the earlier leat to the Woollen Mill at Englebourne Quarry below Rolster Bridge. The leat is first depicted on the OS mapping of 1887.
There is no evidence of any surviving weir or sluice in the vicinity of the ‘weir’ depicted on the 1887 Ordnance Survey map, and the river bank in the area is roughly-lined with large locally-derived boulders. From the site of the weir marked on the map a shallow channel, following the base of the spoil heap scarp, can be followed back to the river circa 25 metres upstream.
(Exeter Archaeology give the grid reference as SX77525675 which is incorrect).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #67106 ]
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. 10.
SDV357277Ground Photograph: Passmore, A.. 2004. Harbertonford Woollen Factory. Exeter Archaeology River Dart Catchment Weirs Survey. Slide + Digital. 5005_12.

Associated Monuments

MDV107552Related to: Harbertonford Woollen Mill Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jan 21 2015 11:35AM