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HER Number:MDV124307
Name:Western leat at Morwellham Quay

Summary

One of three leats that fed the works at Morwellham; part of a complex multi-period system that ran for a total distance of about 2 kilometres, serving up to 12 waterwheels of varying sizes.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 442 698
Map Sheet:SX46NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Constructed, XIX - 1850 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Waterhouse, R., 2017, The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology, 237-39, fig 7.30 (Monograph). SDV361789.

One of three leats that fed the works at Morwellham; part of a complex multi-period system that ran for a total distance of about 2 kilometres, serving up to 12 waterwheels of varying sizes. The western leat took water from the Wheal Tamar Leat, south-west of the canal terminus. The water possibly served sloping water meadows nearby, before driving an agricultural water wheel at Morwellham Farm. The tailrace then drove a water engine on Wheal Russell's southern trial just behind the 1850s Bedford Estate Cottages, before flushing the Great Dock and probably the timber slip alongside. See publication for full details and plan.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV361789Monograph: Waterhouse, R.. 2017. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. The Tavistock Canal. Its History and Archaeology. Paperback Volume. 237-39, fig 7.30. [Mapped feature: #114529 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV37381Related to: Farmstead at Morwellham (Building)
MDV47971Related to: Leat at Morwellham Quay, Gulworthy (Monument)
MDV124301Related to: The Wheal Tamar Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4040 - Wheal Russell Mine, Devon: Archaeological Assessment

Date Last Edited:Dec 13 2018 2:15PM