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HER Number:MDV30564
Name:Weir on River Bovey, Bovey Tracey


Weir on River Bovey in grounds of Parke, at head of leat to Town Mills. Probably dates to the 17th century or earlier.


Grid Reference:SX 801 790
Map Sheet:SX87NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBovey Tracey
Ecclesiastical ParishBOVEY TRACEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87NW/149

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WEIR (XVII - 1601 AD to 1700 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Weir' and 'sluice'marked on 1904-1906 25 inch Ordnance Survey map on 'River Bovey' at head of 'Mill Leat' to Town Mills. The weir is not shown on the 1880s-1890s 25 inch map although the leat and mills are.

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

Weir on River Bovey. The weir is made of large boulders from the river and surfaced with concrete. Presumably, it was first constructed before 1640 as the leat which it serves appears on a map of that date in the County Record Office.

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

An archaeological survey of Parke Weir was undertaken by Exeter Archaeology in 2004 which included the sluice, the western end of the leat and the upstream approach to the weir. The weir consists of a core of river cobbles with a surface layer of concrete and large river boulders stabilising the northern edge. Four timbers between 1.3m - 4.5m long by up to 0.25m wide were exposed and granite sets probably originally from the Haytor Granite Tramway were reused in the weir. The sluice gates to the east were constructed of wooden slats with three granite blocks dividing the two gates. The weir provides water for the leat and a landscaped pond at Parke.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV287876Report - Survey: National Trust. 1984. Parke. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 9.
SDV290529Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2004. Archaeological Survey of Parke Weir, Bovey Tracey. Exeter Archaeology Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV30563Related to: Leat to Town Mills, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV74010Related to: Sluicegate at entrance to Mill Leat, Bovey Tracey (Monument)
MDV8964Related to: Town Mills, 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 2:54PM