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HER Number:MDV21312
Name:Bovey Pottery Leat (Dartmoor section)

Summary

Leat supplying the pottery in Bovey Tracey, running through Yarner Wood. Was dug by the Bovey Tracey Pottery Company (established 1843) from its source near Becky Falls (SX75748003) to Bovey Tracey. Not maintained after the company ceased trading in the late 1950s.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 780 788
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/12
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XIX - 1840 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Leat is depicted on the late 19th century historic map.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 4434 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.


Adams, E. A., 1946, The Old Heytor Granite Railway, 155 (Article in Serial). SDV341504.

Bovey Pottery Leat is crossed by the Haytor Granite Tramway. The leat runs on to the pottery at SX81527719, its source being in the area of Yarner wood, at sx78 78.


Royal Air Force, 1950, RAF RP541/540, 540/226, (23/6/1949) (Aerial Photograph). SDV290988.


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

Bovey Pottery Leat. Source in Yarner Wood. Visible and recorded between SX76058000 and SX80007770, running right through Yarner Wood and Lower Down.


Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX7978 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

A curvilinear earthwork ditch is visible.


Natural England Volunteers, 2009-2015, Natural England Volunteer Archaeological Survey, P7a, K12b (Worksheet). SDV350591.

The mining rights to Yarner Copper Mine were bought with rights to the ‘Pottery Leat’ and extra sections were added to redirect the flow into the processing yard of the mine.
Visited 10/12/2010. Bovey pottery leat recorded on Trendlebere Down. Sketched and photographed, with copious notes and measurements recorded.


Dartmoor Preservation Association, 2013, Dartmoor Preservation Association website (Website). SDV351334.

The Bovey Tracey Pottery Leat was dug from Becky Falls to Bovey Tracey by the Bovey Tracey Pottery Company (established 1843). After the Company went into liquidation in 1957, the leat was not regularly maintained and the section from Becky Falls to the Yarner Copper Mine was finally drained in 1964.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Leat depicted on the modern mapping. It is crossed by the Haytor tramway at SX79587833 and SX80287759.


English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Listing covers the bridge south-east of Chapple Farm.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M) (Interpretation). SDV361305.

A section of the leat between NGR 279702,78139 and NGR 279861,77808 is visible as a substantial earthwork ditch, up to circa 12 metres wide, on images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. It is significantly wider than other visible parts of the leat, but very similar in form and width to a possible channel for tin streaming which it seems to join, to the west. The chronological relationship between the two is not clear. Only the parts that are significantly wider have been transcribed, as the leat is depicted on the historic mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4434.
SDV290988Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1950. RAF RP541/540. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 540/226, (23/6/1949).
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341504Article in Serial: Adams, E. A.. 1946. The Old Heytor Granite Railway. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 155.
SDV350591Worksheet: Natural England Volunteers. 2009-2015. Natural England Volunteer Archaeological Survey. Natural England Archaeological Survey. Worksheet. P7a, K12b.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #83077 ]
SDV351334Website: Dartmoor Preservation Association. 2013. Dartmoor Preservation Association website. http://www.dartmoorpreservation.com. Website.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX7978 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017. [Mapped feature: #115002 A section of the leat is much wider., ]

Associated Monuments

MDV104256Related to: Boundary wall in Yarner Wood (Monument)
MDV16744Related to: Bovey Pottery Leat (Monument)
MDV91685Related to: Bridge over Bovey Pottery Leat south-east of Chappel Farm (Monument)
MDV20635Related to: Field system on Trendlebeare Down, Lustleigh (Monument)
MDV124998Related to: Gully in Yarner Wood (Monument)
MDV8068Related to: Haytor Granite Tramway, Haytor to Stover Canal (Monument)
MDV104037Related to: Leat to processing yard at Yarner Mine (Monument)
MDV124744Related to: Mound on Trendlebere Down (Monument)
MDV124749Related to: Mound on Trendlebere Down (Monument)
MDV113985Related to: Nedacleave Farmstead, Manaton (Monument)
MDV124897Related to: Open work south of Reddaford Water (Monument)
MDV124741Related to: Possible hut circle on Trendlebere Down (Monument)
MDV124733Related to: Tin streaming on Lower Down, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV124622Related to: Water Channels on Lower Down, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV102791Related to: Weir west of New Bridge, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6071 - East Devon Natural Nature Reserve and surrounds Archaeological Survey
  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Apr 25 2019 12:36PM