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HER Number:MDV27759
Name:Leats on Merripit Hill


Pair of parallel leats running north-south, following the contours. They may have served 'Three Chimleys', although there is no obvious souurce of water in the area of their origin.


Grid Reference:SX 656 804
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Post medieval enclosure known as 'Three Chimleys' and a pair of leats that appear to be associated

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/239

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV251733.

Aph=raf cpe uk 1995/4362(13/4/1947).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV251734.

Aph=nmr sx6580/1(18/5/1977).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV251735.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV251736.

Des=probert, s. A. J. /(7/2/1989)/rchme field investigation.

National Monuments Record, 2010, Untitled Source (National Monuments Record Database). SDV214864.

Two parallel leats visible following the 1400 and 1415 foot contours.(rchm app 1985). Vis=7/2/1989 (rchme) two leats, sx65778078 to sx65498015 and sx65788081 to sx65458022, run n-s on the steep w flank of merripit hill. On average 0.8m wide, 0.2m deep and only 15m apart, the leats are first visible on the edge of shallow peat cuttings n. Of merripit hill and become indistinct as they approach the s. Wall of little stannon newtake. They may have served "three chimleys". A 19c building in the se corner of the newtake, though there is no obvious source of water in the area of their origin (probert).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV214864National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV251733Aerial Photograph:
SDV251734Aerial Photograph:
SDV251735Migrated Record:
SDV251736Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV19554Related to: Enclosure at Merripit Hill known as 'Three Chimleys' (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 2 2017 1:52PM