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HER Number:MDV20487
Name:Building beside Powder Mills leat


Just below the Powder Mills leat on the west bank of the East Dart River are the ruins of a post medieval building, measuring 8 metres north-east by south-west by 3.8 metres inside a roughly coursed drystone wall 0.8 metres thick, still standing in six courses to a maximum height of 1.4 metres in the north-west.


Grid Reference:SX 639 810
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of part of the 19th century leat supplying Powder Mills gunpowder factory, as well as a leat and reave on Chittaford Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/90
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1142.

Vis=10/12/1982(greeves) rectangular building of post-medieval date, approx 9 by 3.5 paces internally. A fireplace is at its north end and a doorway in the centre of its east wall. Double wall on its west side. Of drystone granite construction. Marked on 1965 os 6" map. Oral information from mr. J. Hamlyn cited (worksheet).

HAYNES, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV137758.

Vis=18/3/1967 (haynes) small building 3.35m x 8.2m single doorway and no apparent room divisions. Probably a tinner's house.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254089.

Visible with double western wall visible on 1977 nmr ap (rchm app 1985).

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV254090.

Vis=19/7/1989 (rchme) set into the base of steep bracken covered slopes just below the powder mills leat at about 385m od on the w bank of the east dart river are the ruins of a post medieval building.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254092.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254093.

Des=greeves, t. /middle merripit survey drawing/(-/2/1983) in parish file.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV254094.

Des=haynes, r. G. /ruined sites on dartmoor/(nd)8,plan/ms in smr ref-aph=nmr sx6381/2/269-271(18/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254095.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV254096.

Des=sainsbury, i. S. /(19/7/1989)/rchme field investigation.

Sainsbury, I. S., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV75144.

It measures 8m ne-sw by 3.8m inside a roughly coursed drystone wall 0.8m thick, still standing in 6 courses to a max height of 1.4m in the nw. There is an entrance 1m wide, central to the se side, with a doorstep slab on the outside. Internally, set into the ne gable, are the remains of a fireplace with collapsed mantel. Some 1.1m parallel to the nw uphill side of the building is a partly collapsed outer wall of similar drystone construction 1.1m wide and of 0.7m maximum height. It is attached to the building by 3 shorter cross walls. No connecting doorways are evident. Outside the s corner of the main building 12m of crudely constructed walling projects to the s. Possibly also connected with the construction of the leat (sainsbury).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1142Migrated Record:
SDV137758Migrated Record: HAYNES.
SDV254089Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV254090Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV254092Migrated Record:
SDV254093Migrated Record:
SDV254094Aerial Photograph:
SDV254095Migrated Record:
SDV254096Migrated Record:
SDV75144Migrated Record: Sainsbury, I. S..

Associated Monuments

MDV20480Related to: Leat supplying Powder Mills Gunpowder Factory (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 8 2017 9:01AM