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HER Number:MDV30563
Name:Leat to Town Mills, Bovey Tracey


Mill leat running from a weir on the River Bovey to the former Town Mills at Bovey Tracey.


Grid Reference:SX 807 786
Map Sheet:SX87NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87NW/150

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILL RACE (Unknown date)

Full description

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

'Mill Leat' shown on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map running from a 'Weir' on the 'River Bovey' to 'Town Mills'. The tailrace re-enters the river on the north side of 'Bovey Bridge' at SX81447823. Leat also shown on 1906 and 1963 6 inch maps.

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 101SW (Cartographic). SDV290465.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, SX87NW (Cartographic). SDV339551.

National Trust, 1984, Parke, 9 (Report - Survey). SDV287876.

A leat runs from SX80237900 to SX81007854. It is now silted up. It was first shown on a c1640 map now held at the County Record Office. The leat left the River Bovey at a weir and flowed through the park to Bovey Tracey where the water was used to drive a mill. Later the leat supplied water to a fishpond dug out of the park but now silted up.

Exeter Archaeology, 2004, Archaeological Survey of Parke Weir, Bovey Tracey, 3-5 (Report - Survey). SDV290529.

The leat became partially silted up in the post war period. Water enters the leat through sluice gates at the southeast edge of the weir on the River Bovey. The sluice gates consist of wooden slats with three granite blocks dividing the two gates. The leat is crossed by a concrete bridge built against the sluice gates and a stone bridge carrying one of the main pedestrian routes through the estate. The leat is considered to be an important feature in the 19th century parkland at Parke.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV287876Report - Survey: National Trust. 1984. Parke. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 9.
SDV290465Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 101SW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV290529Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2004. Archaeological Survey of Parke Weir, Bovey Tracey. Exeter Archaeology Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3-5.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339551Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. SX87NW. 6 inch Ordnance Survey Map. Map (Paper).

Associated Monuments

MDV42035Related to: Fishpond at Parke, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV74010Related to: Sluicegate at entrance to Mill Leat, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV8964Related to: Town Mills, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV30564Related to: Weir on River Bovey, Bovey Tracey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3581 - Archaeological Survey of Parke Weir, Bovey Tracey
  • EDV4317 - The National Trust Archaeological Survey of Parke, Devon

Date Last Edited:Oct 26 2007 3:22PM