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HER Number:MDV132157
Name:Leat to Beare Mill and Four Mills, Crediton


The leat is depicted on the 19th century redrawing of Norden's map of 1598. It appears to have been taken off the River Yeo at a weir to the west of Beare Mill, serving that mill first before flowing south and east to Four Mills.


Grid Reference:SX 830 992
Map Sheet:SX89NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCrediton
Civil ParishCrediton Hamlets
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCREDITON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Constructed, Early Medieval to XVI - 1066 AD (Between) to 1600 AD (Between))

Full description

Norden, J., 1598, Crediton (Cartographic). SDV364660.

Four Mills together with its leat and tailrace is depicted on Norden's map.

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

Marked as Mill Leat. It appears to have been initially taken off at a weir on the River Yeo to the west of Beare Mill, serving that mill first before flowing south and the east to Four Mills.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

The leat is depicted as a live stream for much of its length. Comparison with the 1880s-1890s map shows that the weir no longer functions as such, the course of the river having changed. However, it is possible that the structure survives.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #134692 ]
SDV364660Cartographic: Norden, J.. 1598. Crediton. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV18868Related to: Four Mills, Crediton (Monument)
MDV9442Related to: MILL in the Parish of Crediton Hamlets (Monument)
MDV132158Related to: Tail Race from Four Mills, Crediton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 9 2021 1:01PM