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HER Number:MDV54557
Name:Dry leats on Stannon Hill


A series of now dry leats running in a generally north-south direction both sides of the Merripit heat along the slopes of Stannon Hill. They appear in the west form the flat marshy ground adjacent to the Stannon Brook about 350m od up to the brow of Stannon Hill in the e about 405m od.


Grid Reference:SX 650 800
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a series of leats running north-south on Stannon Hill, including on running all the way to Postbridge and an area of medieval cultivation ridges

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 SE 127
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/303
  • Pastscape: 917511

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Unknown date)

Full description

RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV276511.

Vis=29/6/1989 (rchme) remains of a series of now dry leats running in a generally n-s direction both sides of the merripit heat along the slopes of stannon hill. They appear in the w form the flat marshy ground adjacent to the stannon brook about 350m od up to the brow of stannon hill in the e about 405m od.

1, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV276512.

They are in varying states of preservation from the well defined eg (1) and (2) in the w 1.5m to 2m wide and 0.3m maximum depths with banks on their downhill sides 2m to 3m wide and 0.5m maximum height. Others, predominantly in the e, are ill defined, even appearing in some places like paths or sheep walks. Some start in rough grass and heather moorland on the e side of stannon brook s of stannon and n of the middle merripit farm boundary wall, heats (1) to (5) seem to have been continuous features, but are destroyed, probably by ploughing, beyond their present s terminations.(6) (7) and (9) are much shorter but were possibly originally of similar lengths to the others having been unfilled or destroyed by ploughing.(8) is a short section of interconnecting leat but (10) is unusual in that it cuts quite steeply and obliquely down the slope and although it appears very similar to the others it is about 1m wide with bank 1.5m wide 0.2m high on the downhill side) it is too steeply angled for a leat and may well be a later drainage feature.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV276514.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV276515.

Des=sainsbury, i. S. /(29/6/1989)/rchme field investigation.

Sainsbury, I. S., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV75144.

The purpose of the leats is rather enigmatic. They may have been, like merripit leat and hartyland heat, pot water leats for buildings to the s or, more likely, a catch-meadow system of irrigation, possibly utilising water from a line of springs centred at sx65258012 (sainsbury).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV276511Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV276512Migrated Record: 1.
SDV276514Migrated Record:
SDV276515Migrated Record:
SDV75144Migrated Record: Sainsbury, I. S..

Associated Monuments

MDV54554Related to: Merripit Leat, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV119079Related to: Two short fragments of leat on Stannon Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 8 2017 10:27AM