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HER Number:MDV5562
Name:West Okement water channel, south of Black-a-Tor Copse


Section of the river has been artificially straightened and channelled by tinners, probably dating to the 15-17th century.


Grid Reference:SX 570 884
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLands common to the Parishes of Bridestowe and Sourton
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/20

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATER CHANNEL (XIV to XVII - 1400 AD to 1699 AD (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1978, West Okement River channel site visit (Worksheet). SDV258666.

Approximately a 200 metre stretch of the West Okement River has been artificially straightened and chanelled by tinners. Part of this stretch has some fine walling, especially lining the left bank of the river.
Other comparable channels can be found on the Wallabrook and on the East Dart. Good examples are rarely found on Dartmoor and this example is especially interesting as it is in an area of relatively slight tinning activity. Probably 15th -17th century in date.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photographs.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1990, An Assessment of Dartmoor Tinworking, 21 (Report - Assessment). SDV343684.

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

This channel and part of the wall visible on the aerial photography.

Lander, R., 2013, Natural England Volunteer group site visit, Visited June 2013 (Site Visit). SDV258668.

Review of Water Channel (SX5705 8845), June 2013
A short section of channel (indicated by red/white line in the associated photographs) running parallel to the West Okement River. Appears to catch water from small side streams coming down from the Steng-a-tor area. Viewed from the river (north-east) side this at first looked like a natural flood water feature, yet the presence of a short wall built on top of the ditch spoil indicates a purpose once existed for redirecting the run off from the wide indentation of the valley side.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV258666Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1978. West Okement River channel site visit. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV258668Site Visit: Lander, R.. 2013. Natural England Volunteer group site visit. Natural England Volunteers. Digital. Visited June 2013.
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.
SDV343684Report - Assessment: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1990. An Assessment of Dartmoor Tinworking. Digital. 21.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #95290 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5565Related to: BUILDING in the Parish of Okehampton Hamlets (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Jul 23 2013 10:39AM