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HER Number:MDV19591
Name:Totnes Town Mills Leat


Live leat from Swallowfield Weir on the River Dart to Town Mills. The present leat dates back to at least 1581.


Grid Reference:SX 803 608
Map Sheet:SX86SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTotnes
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDARTINGTON
Ecclesiastical ParishLITTLEHEMPSTON
Ecclesiastical ParishBERRY POMEROY
Ecclesiastical ParishTOTNES

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86SW/110

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XVI - 1581 AD to 1585 AD)

Full description

Russell, P., 1964, The Good Town of Totnes, 59 (Unknown). SDV350407.

Prior to the 16th century, there was a leat down which tidal water was diverted when the ebb set in, to allow the mills to continue in use. This leat was enlarged and lengthened in 1581.

Minchinton, W. + Perkins, J., 1971 - 1973, Tidemills in Devon and Cornwall: Part 2, 6 (Article in Serial). SDV114469.

Leat serving Town Mills (SX86SW/100/ MDV18438). Runs from weir (SX86SW/4/ MDV9033) at SX80076124 to the mills. The leat was begun in 1581, and completed by 1585.

Exeter Archaeology, 2005, An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report, Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. 6 (Report - Survey). SDV356906.

Ex. Arch. No. 6. Water course: River Dart.
The first located reference to the weir (and leats and mills) is in 1560.1 Disputes and town corporation documents relating to the mill (and associated leat and weir) are numerous from this date down to the early 19th century. The leat is in working condition.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV114469Article in Serial: Minchinton, W. + Perkins, J.. 1971 - 1973. Tidemills in Devon and Cornwall: Part 2. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 32. Unknown. 6.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82543 ]
SDV350407Unknown: Russell, P.. 1964. The Good Town of Totnes. Unknown. 59.
SDV356906Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2005. An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. Digital. Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. 6.

Associated Monuments

MDV45220Related to: Canal Basin, Mill and Wharfs, Totnes (Monument)
MDV9033Related to: Swallowfield Weir, Totnes (Monument)
MDV18438Related to: Town Mills, Totnes (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6538 - Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment

Date Last Edited:Sep 19 2023 7:15AM