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HER Number:MDV42458
Name:Leat supplying Wheal Chance


A heavily silted leat channel on the west slope of Chants or Chance Hill. Supplies Wheal Chance.


Grid Reference:SX 598 700
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Extensive earthwork and structural remains of the late 18th century Devonport Leat, Bronze Age features north-east of Nun’s Cross, Whiteworks Tin Mine and other tinning remains on Walkhampton Common as well as earthworks of Bachelors Hall Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1446884
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/307
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XVIII to XIX - 1751 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 1987, The Moorland Meavy - a Tinner's Landscape, 227, 230, fig 4. (Article in Serial). SDV231207.

'Leat 5'. Leat supplied by Nun's Cross stream and supplying openworks at Wheal Chance.

Newman , P., 2006, Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV233640.

A heavily silted leat channel on the west slope of Chants or Chance Hill. The original source of water for the leat is uncertain but the dry earthwork channel is first visible amid some tin pits to the west of Nuns Cross. From there it skirts around the north side of the Drivage Bottom streamworks just above the Devonport Leat which crosses the dry leat at SX 5989 6992. After a short break in the channel the dry leat continues around the western side of Chance Hill below the Devonport Leat running approximately parallel with it. The leat cannot be traced beyond the small openwork at SX 5987 7023. The condition and proportions of the leat vary over its course but on average it is 0.8 metres wide by 0.4 metres deep.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231207Article in Serial: Newman, P.. 1987. The Moorland Meavy - a Tinner's Landscape. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 119. Paperback Volume. 227, 230, fig 4..
SDV233640Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2006. Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation. English Heritage. [Mapped feature: #91422 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV42456Related to: MINE in the Parish of Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV42457Related to: Openwork at Older Bottom (Monument)
MDV19902Related to: The Devonport Leat, Dartmoor (Monument)
MDV104095Related to: Tinner's Hut at Drivage Bottom, Walkhampton (Building)
MDV25991Related to: Trial Pits north-west of Nun's Cross Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:Jun 12 2018 4:24PM