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HER Number:MDV123327
Name:Possible Mill Race south and east of Priestaford, Ashburton

Summary

A curvilinear earthwork ditch, visible on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards and part-visible on images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017, corresponds to a water channel depicted on late-19th century mapping. It is tentatively interpreted as the remains of a post-medieval or early-19th century mill race.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 746 685
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishSTAVERTON
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILL RACE (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

A water channel and sluice are depicted in this location.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp1 5026-5027 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

A curvilinear earthwork ditch is visible.


Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX7468 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

A curvilinear earthwork ditch is visible.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

A curvilinear earthwork ditch, circa 3.5 metres wide, is visible on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards and is part-visible on images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. It corresponds to a water channel with sluice depicted on late-19th century mapping, which runs northwards then appears to divert sharply east to join the river. It is possible that it was associated with nearby Gages Mill (MDV7844) and later diverted, or given its elevation, to an earlier mill building downslope. It may be an earlier iteration of the longer channel downslope that is named as a Mill Leat on the late-19th century mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp1 5026-5027 12-JUL-1946.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX7468 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017. [Mapped feature: #113960 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV7844Related to: Gages Mill, Ashburton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Nov 6 2018 3:48PM