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HER Number:MDV25086
Name:Longstone Leat, Sheepstor


Brisworthy Leat running between SX59146741 (take off from Drizzlecombe Brook) and SX56216800 (near Burrator Reservoir) and also to SX58396625, supplying Ditsworthy Warren House. Surveyed and recorded in the Dartmoor Trust Leats Project. Partly cuts through the bronze age hut circle settlement at Whittenknowles Rocks.


Grid Reference:SX 582 672
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork section of the Longstone Leat, south-east of Sheeps Tor

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/412
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Leat depicted on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map (approximately 1880s in date) but not named.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 4351 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX5668/2, 131 (Aerial Photograph). SDV225207.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Section of the leat running between 875 and 975 foot contour on south slope of Yellowmead Down. Western termination at SX55996832 (?). Turns south at east Yellowmead Down SX57356827. Travels south to Whittenknowles rocks along 1000 foot contour.

Whitbourn, A., 2001, An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren, 31-33, Photographs 22, Diagram 4 (Report - Assessment). SDV360381.

The leat which flows south towards Ditsworthy Warren House has been diverted via a channel under the track into the reservoir to the north-west of the house. A further diversion flows west towards the River Plym.

Dartmoor Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2010, Dartmoor Trust Leats Project 2009-2010 (Report - Survey). SDV347530.

Longstone Leat, Sheepstor surveyed and recorded flowing between SX591674 - SX562680 and to SX 584663. (Drizzle Combe Brook - Burrator Reservoir and Ditsworthy Warren Hous). Take-off is a rough boulder 'sluice', difficult to control flow. Some sections prone to silting. Some culverts, fords and bridges cause problems as does dam building by the public. Mostly on common land. Sheepstor Commoners undertake maintenance. Other details: T:\Dartmoor Leats Survey / Q:\MAPDATA\HISTORIC\LeatsProject.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4351.
SDV225207Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX5668/2. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 131.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. 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).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #84925 ]
SDV347530Report - Survey: Dartmoor Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2010. Dartmoor Trust Leats Project 2009-2010. Dartmoor Trust. Digital.
SDV360381Report - Assessment: Whitbourn, A.. 2001. An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren. A4 Comb Bound. 31-33, Photographs 22, Diagram 4.

Associated Monuments

MDV76851Related to: Ditsworthy Warren Farmstead, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV48901Related to: Eylesbarrow Watershed Reave (Monument)
MDV122709Related to: Field System south Ditsworthy Warren Farmstead, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122182Related to: Kennels at Ditsworthy Warren Farmstead, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV25076Related to: PILLOW MOUND in the Parish of Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122708Related to: Possible Reservoir north-west of Ditsworthy Warren House, Sheepstor (Building)
MDV3995Related to: Prehistoic Hut Circle Settlement, Whittenknowles Rocks, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122710Related to: Small Enclosure north-east Ditsworthy Warren Farmstead, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3582Related to: Stamping Mill Number 6 at Eylesbarrow Tin Mine (Monument)
MDV25290Related to: Streamworks on Narrator Brook tributary, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4009Related to: Whitten Knowles deserted Medieval settlement (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6239 - Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine
  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7551 - Ditsworthy Warren: An archaeological investigation
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area

Date Last Edited:Aug 17 2018 2:05PM