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HER Number:MDV27295
Name:The Whitehorse Leat, Sittaford


The Whitehorse Leat which meets the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine Leat in the south and in the north meets the North Teign. Cuts through a pound (MDV6754).


Grid Reference:SX 633 833
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/126
  • Old SAM Ref: 28680.4(P) (PART)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

FLETCHER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV10257.

Vis=2/6/1990 (rchme) the final section which extends from the circles, through a pound to the birch tor and vitifer leat, runs down a steep slope and is heavily eroded, being in some places up to 3.5m wide and 0.9m deep. It apparently terminates at the leat (sx 64028272) at 457m (fletcher).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262981.

The whitehorse leat which meets the birch tor and vitifer mine leat in the south and in the north meets the north teign. Visible on 1947 raf and 1977 nmr ap (rchm app 1985).

RCHME, CITING FOLLOW THE LEAT, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262982.

The most remote source of the vitifer leat commences at varracombe brook just below the boundary wall of the okehampton military firing range. It runs s to the teign. Here the water flowed into the river to be extracted again some hundred yards downstream where a weir diverted the water into the next section of the leat. It can be traced as a shallow trough to grey wethers and beyond (rchme, citing follow the leat).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV262985.

Aph=raf cpe/uk 2149/4307-9(11/6/1947).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV262986.

Aph=raf cpe/uk 2149/2366-7(13/4/1947).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV262987.

Aph=nmr sx6383/3/243-246(18/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262988.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262989.

Des=fletcher, m. J. /(2/6/1990)/rchme field investigation.

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

Marked as the Birch Tor & Vitifer Mine Leat.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144197, 9/9/1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

A length of the Whitehorse Leat cutting through the interior of the enclosure 230 metres south-south-east of the Grey Wethers stone circles.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Whitehorse Leat marked.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV10257Migrated Record: FLETCHER.
SDV262981Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV262985Aerial Photograph:
SDV262986Aerial Photograph:
SDV262987Aerial Photograph:
SDV262988Migrated Record:
SDV262989Migrated Record:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144197, 9/9/1997.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6576Related to: Birch Tor and Vitifer Mine Leat (Monument)
MDV6754Related to: Pound 320 metres south-east of the Grey Wethers stone circles (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 27 2015 12:41PM