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HER Number:MDV21523
Name:West Mill Leat, Buckfastleigh


Site of a leat to the former West Mill which ran from a weir on the Dean Burn, and appears to have been supplemented by an additional water channel. They are visible as earthwork ditches on aerial photographs taken in 1946. The mill buildings were demolished to make way for the A38.


Grid Reference:SX 735 654
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBuckfastleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/73

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1701 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV289722.

Des=tithe map in dro/(1839).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV289723.

Des=timms, s. /as above(30/8/1983).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3991.

Mill leat serving west mill (sx76nw/40) runs from sx73496533 to sx73576560. Shown on tithe map.(tithe map). Greeves has recently inspected the surviving section of this leat.(timms).

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

Mill Leat marked, which runs from a Weir on the Dean Burn to West Woollen Mill. Another channel is depicted which appears to join it at Westmill House.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp1 5066-5067 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

Two earthwork ditches are visible.

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 (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Two narrow curvilinear earthwork ditches are visible on aerial photographs taken in 1946. They correspond to water channels depicted on the late-19th century mapping, one of which is marked ‘Mill Leat’ and feeds West Woollen Mill. The other joins it at Westmill House where a sluice appears to have controlled the flow; this channel seems to have been taken off the watercourse at a weir to the south (MDV108060). Neither are visible on images derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017, and the main channel itself has been destroyed during road building.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV289722Migrated Record:
SDV289723Migrated Record:
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #83128 ]
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp1 5066-5067 12-JUL-1946.
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. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV3991Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV108054Related to: Weir on the Dean Burn to north of Potter's Wood, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV7839Related to: West Mill, Buckfastleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2018 4:37PM