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HER Number:MDV13461
Name:LEAT in the Parish of South Brent


Leat, sx656658-667645. Extant, brings water from the avon above broad falls to bala brook head.


Grid Reference:SX 656 648
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/318

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV151638.

Aph=raf cpe/uk 1890/4274-4275(10/12/1946).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV151639.

Aph=nmr sf2200/1103-1122(11/4/1985).

Robinson, R., 1978, South Brent Parish Checklist (Un-published). SDV137445.

(April 1979) Leat, SX 656 658 - SX 667 645. Extant, brings water from the Avon above Broad Falls to Bala Brook Head. A leat leading from the Avon above Broad Falls to Bala Brook head can be firmly dated to the 1872 phase of china clay working here as it is described by Crossing. The traces of the weir can still be found where the leat leaves the right bank of the Avon just above Broad Falls. The heaps of stone representing the bases of supports for the launder can still be traced across the floor of the Henglake Stream valley and on the far side of the valley floor the leat continues roughly curving around the eastern Whitebarrow, and then curving south-west to the run in to the Bala Brook valley roughly in the region of two rectangular structures (clay dries) at SX 667645.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Leat visible on aerial images following tramway SX66SE/55 maybe related leat SX66SE/315, there are also a series of gullies maybe part of this leat weaving next to and across the tramway.
It is not clear on the RAF 1946 or NMR 1985 aerials what is what. The 1985 NMR aerial photographs are worth looking at. This complex area extends onto SX66NE.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137445Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1978. South Brent Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist.
SDV151638Aerial Photograph:
SDV151639Aerial Photograph:
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 27 2023 10:59AM