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HER Number:MDV52665
Name:Leat supplying Trowlesworthy Warren House, Shaugh Prior


Leat carrying water to Warren House from the Trowlesworthy Pot-Water Leat (that brought water from Spanish Lake). Associated dam and drains lie within a historic field system. Water was used for domestic purposes at Warren House and also drove a water wheel.


Grid Reference:SX 569 648
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/18

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Haynes, R. G., Map of Trowlesworthy Warren (Cartographic). SDV165949.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140630, 2/4/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

SX5709 6482 and SX56886486. This dam and associated leats lie within an historic field system. The dam survives as a vertical stone course wall standing up to 1.8 metres high and its reservoir measures 5 metres square. The reservoir was filled by an offshoot channel from another leat which collected water from Spanish Lake. Water from the reservoir was carried to Trowlesworthy Warren House where it was used for domestic purposes and also drove a water wheel.
A further offshoot channel leading from the service leat may represent an overflow.

National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, Page 42, number 102.121 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.

Leat running from SX5709 6482 to SX5696 6485, formerly carrying water to Warren House. Water taken from Trowlesworthy Pot-water Leat (MDV52640) and ultimately Spanish Lake and was stored in dam before being conveyed to house, where it drove a waterwheel. At present, channel is not detectable over whole distance, possibly cut off by later drain (MDV?) and leat (MDV?). Emerges 80 metres from ditch (MDV52610) and runs to north-west where it has been interrupted by a late modification of corn ditch (MDV52653) and drain (MDV52664).
Leat has small bank on each side, 1 metre wide, 0.1 metres high. Orientation: east-south-east by west-north-west. Length 135 metres, 3 metres wide, 0.6 metre deep.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Leat is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165949Cartographic: Haynes, R. G.. Map of Trowlesworthy Warren. Unknown.
SDV166309Report - non-specific: National Trust and English Heritage. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 102.130. A4 Comb Bound. Page 42, number 102.121.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140630, 2/4/1995.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94400 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV52653Related to: CORN DITCH in the Parish of Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV52664Related to: DITCH in the Parish of Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV52610Related to: DITCH in the Parish of Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV52668Related to: DITCH in the Parish of Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV52669Related to: DITCH in the Parish of Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV52641Related to: Leat from Trowlesworthy Pot-water Leat to Warren House (Monument)
MDV76847Related to: Trowlesworthy farmstead, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV52640Related to: Trowlesworthy Pot-water Leat, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon
  • EDV7380 - Watching brief on the Lee Moor China Clay Leat (Ref: 92.60)

Date Last Edited:Dec 14 2015 2:59PM