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HER Number:MDV118117
Name:Leat to Upcott Mill, Sheepwash


Although it is possible that it has been lengthened, it appears that the leat dates to the medieval period when permission was given to construct a millpond and leats.


Grid Reference:SS 477 079
Map Sheet:SS40NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSheepwash
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPWASH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Built, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Mill Leat marked, from a weir (not marked) on the Mussel Brook to Upcott Mill. The leat feeds a mill pond behind the mill. Several spillways are also shown.

Seymour, D. J., 1977, Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands, 189 (Monograph). SDV340436.

Sibilla de alta Villa gives the canons her mill at Uppecote. They are also given suit of mill from 'my men of Uppecote' and from all others accustomed to use the mill. Rights of entry and exit over her land are given, together with permission to construct a millpond and leats.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Sections of the leat survive, marked as drains. Comparison between historic and modern mapping suggests that the course of the river has altered slightly/silted cutting off the weir and leat.

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: #77394 ]
SDV340436Monograph: Seymour, D. J.. 1977. Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands. Torre Abbey. An Account of its History, Buildings, Cartularies and Lands. Photocopy + Digital. 189.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV37449Related to: Upcott Mill, Sheepwash (Monument)
MDV118118Related to: Weir at Head of Leat to Upcott Mill, Sheepwash (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 22 2016 12:50PM