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HER Number:MDV3069
Name:Leat on Ugborough Moor

Summary

Runs from the Lud Brook in the north, curving down to the north of Cuckoo Ball, around the eastern side of Western Beacon to a quarry at the edge of the moor, north of Moorhedge. Cuts through two prehistoric enclosures.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 658 579
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of the early 20th century China Clay works at Redlake Mine and the associated railway, as well as prehistoric remains on Ugborough Moor
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of the early 20th century China Clay works at Redlake Mine and the associated railway, as well as prehistoric remains on Ugborough Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/154
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1969, SX6557, 1/1-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV165212.


National Monuments Record, 1969, SX6557, 2/7-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV165212.


Gaskell Brown, C. + Hankin, C. (eds), 1975, Archaeological Checklist of Ugborough Parish (Un-published). SDV340715.

Western Beacon. Lud Brook, watercourse, now disused. It begins near the head waters of the Lud Brook at approx SX662590, coming away from the right bank at about 326 metres. Just below where the leat takes off from the stream there are three stones placed as if to make a retaining wall; height 610 milimetres, 1.061 metres, and 1.422 metres respectively, by 958 milimetres long in each case.
The watercourse then falls gradually southwards, to the north-west stone wall at Cuckoo Ball and then at 323 metres elevation falls gradually round the south-east slope of Western Beacon. It crosses the 266 metre contour above Cantrell Moor Gate, and then falls rapidly south-west towards the Carew Reservoir near the moor gate above Davey's Cross, where it terminates.
At Cantrell there are several outflows from the leat down to the field below. It is known (owner of Wrangaton) that one purpose of the leat was to supply water to dry fields at Cantrell. The owner of Monksmoor, remembers the leat being used at Cantrell Clay Works (1911-1932), but does not know who made the leat or when it was made.


National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6658, 2/374 (Aerial Photograph). SDV160614.


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

Visible on National Monuments Record 1977 aerial photograph from SX66025834 to SX66185873 where it meets the north-west edge of the field at Cuckoo Ball. May extend further north from SX66025834. Continues from edge of field at SX65935820 to SX65715804 where it meets or nearly meets a possible quarry or reservoir MDV24990.
Another leat divides off from this leat at SX65805743, length approx 2200 metres.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Course of the leat is visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV160614Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6658. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/374.
SDV165212Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1969. SX6557. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/1-3.
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.
SDV340715Un-published: Gaskell Brown, C. + Hankin, C. (eds). 1975. Archaeological Checklist of Ugborough Parish. Parish Checklist. A4 Stapled.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86959 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3066Related to: Blackwood Path, Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV2905Related to: Cairn on east slope of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV103643Related to: Enclosure with hut circles west of Cuckoo Ball (Monument)
MDV24989Related to: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Ugborough (Monument)
MDV24997Related to: Possible cairn (Monument)
MDV24990Related to: Possible quarry on southern edge of Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV120572Related to: Reservoir on the southern edge of Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV2916Related to: Western Beacon enclosure, Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV24985Related to: Western Beacon south-east enclosure, Ugborough Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 2 2018 11:45AM