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HER Number:MDV123099
Name:Wheal Crowndale Leat


This short-lived (1802-04) leat took water from the Tavy at abbey Weir in Tavistock and supplied Wheal Crowndale. Mostly obscured by the remains of the Tavistock Canal, which followed mostly the same course, it diverged in Crowndale Wood, where remains of the course of the leat can still be seen.


Grid Reference:SX 477 734
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Constructed, XIX - 1804 AD to 1805 AD (Between))

Full description

Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 46-7, 239-41, 320-323, figs 2.9-10, 3.10, 10.10-10.11 (Monograph). SDV361789.

This short-lived (1802-04) leat ran southwards through Crowndale Wood to the mine workings, but is mostly obscured by the remains of the Tavistock Canal. Tip-lines from the canal's construction have interrupted the course of the leat, so now only a series of short sections of narrow earthwork channel survive.
Originally discussed in 1800, it was not constructed until 1802. It took its water from the Tavy at Abbey Weir in Tavistock and was closely followed by the subsequent course of the canal which replaced it in 1804-06. It can be seen diverging in Crowndale Wood.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 46-7, 239-41, 320-323, figs 2.9-10, 3.10, 10.10-10.11. [Mapped feature: #113602 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3956Part of: Wheal Crowndale Mine, Tavistock (Monument)
MDV37333Related to: Crowndale Farm Buildings and Dung Pit (Building)
MDV63122Related to: Headweir, Tavistock Canal (Monument)
MDV123232Related to: Tavistock Canal, Main record (Monument)
MDV4067Related to: Tavistock Canal, Northern Section (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 13 2018 2:28PM