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HER Number:MDV131067
Name:Leat running from Drivage Bottom to tinworks on the north side of Down Tor

Summary

A leat channel which runs along the northern slopes of Hingston Hill from Drivage Bottom to an area of tinworks on the north side of Down Tor. The leat draws water from two sources - one from Drivage Bottom Stream; this can be traced from a point on the south side of the stream at SX 5973 6984. From there it follows a sinuous course through a prehistoric enclosure and meets the second channel at SX 5949 6991. This channel may have collected rainwater run-off on the slopes to the south of the enclosure. The combined channel then runs west along the upper north slope of Hingston Hill. It extends into a small reservoir at SX 5804 6959, a total of 1.8km and a drop of 33m in height. From the reservoir it follows the contour along the slope of Down Tor turning at SX57596940 and terminating at a minor openwork at SX57656929 The leat varies in size and condition over its course with parts heavily silted or covered by vegetation but the average dimensions for the channel are 0.8m wide by 0.6m deep.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 588 696
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE354
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1446526

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 2007, Cramber Tor Training Area Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV348210.

(01/08/2006) A leat channel which runs along the northern slopes of Hingston Hill from Drivage Bottom to an area of tinworks on the north side of Down Tor. The leat has two sources channels. One extracted water from Drivage Bottom Stream and can be traced from a point on the south side of the stream at SX 5973 6984. From there it follows a sinuous course through a prehistoric enclosure and meets the second channel at SX 5949 6991. This channel may have collected rainwater run-off on the slopes to the south of the enclosure. The combined channel then runs west along the upper north slope of Hingston Hill. It extends to a small reservoir at SX 5804 6959, associated with a large tin openwork (SX 56 NE 345), a total of 1.8km and a drop of 33m in height. From the reservoir it follows the contour along the slope of Down Tor turning at SX57596940 and terminating at a minor openwork at SX57656929. The leat varies in size and condition over its course with parts heavily silted or covered by vegetation but the average dimensions for the channel are 0.8m wide by 0.6m deep.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007-2008, Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV359195.

Probert, S., 2008, Follow-Up Works to Cramber Tor Archaeological Baseline Condition Survey, Dartmoor Training Area (Report - Survey). SDV351304.

Greeves, T., 2012, Cramber Tor Training Area. Monument Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV350251.

Probert, S. A. J., 2017, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of the Cramber Tor Training Area, Devon, 2017 (Report - Survey). SDV360392.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348210Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2007. Cramber Tor Training Area Monument Baseline Condition Survey. English Heritage. A4 Bound.
SDV350251Report - Survey: Greeves, T.. 2012. Cramber Tor Training Area. Monument Condition Survey. Tom Greeves Report. A4 Stapled.
SDV351304Report - Survey: Probert, S.. 2008. Follow-Up Works to Cramber Tor Archaeological Baseline Condition Survey, Dartmoor Training Area. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #132147 ]
SDV359195Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007-2008. Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV360392Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2017. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of the Cramber Tor Training Area, Devon, 2017. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV52393Related to: Cairn or hut circle in settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52390Related to: Hut in settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52391Related to: Hut in settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52394Related to: Hut in settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52395Related to: Hut in settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52396Related to: Hut in settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52397Related to: Hut in settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52399Related to: Hut in settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52392Related to: Hut south of settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV52400Related to: Hut south of settlement 820 metres west-south-west of Nun's Cross, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6034 - Monument Condition Survey in Cramber Tor Training Area
  • EDV6152 - Follow-up Works to Threatened Sites in the Cramber Tor Training Area
  • EDV6153 - Monument Baseline Condition Survey in the Cramber Tor Training Area
  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area
  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project
  • EDV8711 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:Dec 29 2021 11:20AM