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HER Number:MDV54546
Name:LEAT in the Parish of Gidleigh

Summary

Vis=15/8/1991 (rchme) sx64728578 to sx64298625. An abandoned and disturbed leat is intermittently visible between the 401m and the 395m contours on the n flanks of stonetor hill and shovel down. Probably starting on the right bank of the w arm of the stonetor brook its initial stages have been disrupted by stone cutting activity and it is not visible until sx64728578. It eventually becomes indistinct on the flat plain n of shovel down. On average it is 1.3m wide and is maximum 0.4m deep. It is flanked on the downhill side by a bank up to 1.5m wide and 0.5m high.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 651 860
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NE 124
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/284
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 144066, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Leat leading around northern slopes of Stonetor Hill and Shovel Down.


Probert, S. A. J., 1991, Shovel Down Survey (Report - Survey). SDV359365.

Vis=15/8/1991 (rchme) sx64728578 to sx64298625. An abandoned and disturbed leat is intermittently visible between the 401m and the 395m contours on the n flanks of stonetor hill and shovel down. Probably starting on the right bank of the w arm of the stonetor brook its initial stages have been disrupted by stone cutting activity and it is not visible until sx64728578. It eventually becomes indistinct on the flat plain n of shovel down. On average it is 1.3m wide and is maximum 0.4m deep. It is flanked on the downhill side by a bank up to 1.5m wide and 0.5m high.
The function of this leat is uncertain though it seems likely to have been intended to serve the alluvial tinworkings in a marshy area flanking the north teigh river. At sx64888587 it cuts a late 18c or 19c boundary bank and a 30m length e of sx65008585 was probably laundered over the deep workings along the e arm of the stonetor brook (probert).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 144066, 1997.
SDV359365Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1991. Shovel Down Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2019 2:40PM