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HER Number:MDV66675
Name:Abbot's Weir north of the Virtuous Lady Mine


Remains of weir on the River Tavy noted in 1969, although there is no cartographic evidence to support this.


Grid Reference:SX 474 699
Map Sheet:SX46NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBuckland Monachorum
Civil ParishGulworthy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND MONACHORUM

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of the Virtuous Lady Mine, Lady Bertha Mine and Walkham United Mine, Roborough Down, including the mine leat

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX46NE/644

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WEIR (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Finberg, H. P. R., 1969, Tavistock Abbey: A Study in the Social and Economic History in Devon, 160-161 (Monograph). SDV256440.

Remains of the Abbot's weir belonging to the Abbot of Buckland were still visible in 1969 'a few hundred yards below the confluence of the River Tavy and River Walkham'. It was still operational at the end of the 18th century and consisted of 'a strong dam ten to twelve feet high'. Below the weir on the Buckland side was a salmon trap.

Trueman, M., 2000, Water and Sewage Step 3 Assessment, 26/5/2000 (Report - non-specific). SDV288012.

Channel south of Cramber Tor. Features include weir and shelter at above grid reference, series of bridges, embankments and spillways as leat curves around drivage bottoms (e.g.: spillway at SX59877052), crossing of several former tin workings over banking and with sluices (e.g.: SX59077059), a disused loop and the stone cut-off embankment (SX58547060), and several sluices (e.g.: SX58187073).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV256440Monograph: Finberg, H. P. R.. 1969. Tavistock Abbey: A Study in the Social and Economic History in Devon. Tavistock Abbey: A Study in the Social and Economic History in Devon. Unknown. 160-161.
SDV288012Report - non-specific: Trueman, M.. 2000. Water and Sewage Step 3 Assessment. English Heritage Monuments Protection Programme Step 3 Report. Unknown. 26/5/2000.

Associated Monuments

MDV3919Related to: Tavistock Abbey (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 12 2012 1:22PM