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HER Number:MDV69174
Name:Washbourne Mill Leat, Ashprington


Site of leat shown on circa 1840s tithe map. The leat is not depicted on the early 20th century Ordnance Survey map.


Grid Reference:SX 793 546
Map Sheet:SX75SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHalwell and Moreleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishASHPRINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of former leat to Washbourne Mill dating to the 19th century or earlier

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX75SE/105/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (XVII to XX - 1700 AD? to 1906 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Mill leat depicted.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Mill Leat marked running east from SX79025470 to a pond at SX79705477.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Mill Leat not shown.

Exeter Archaeology, 2004, Archaeological monitoring of the Washbourne gas pipeline, Harbertonford (Report - Watching Brief). SDV143541.

Mill leat aligned northeast to southwest located to the north of the River Wash to the rear of Brook Farm. The feature is visible as a parallel set of earthworks following the contour across the meadow. The leat changes to an east to west alignment in the field to the west mirroring the course of the river. A small section of the leat at SX79635472 was excavated by Exeter Archaeology in 2004 during the installation of a new gas main. The leat had been excavated into natural material with no lining of either stone or clay being observed. The flat-bottomed profile was 3.16m wide at the base. The eastern edge of the leat 0.5m deep was straight & the western 0.3m deep was more curved following the contour of the topography. No artefacts were retrieved during excavations. A modern water main was aligned down the centre of the trench.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143541Report - Watching Brief: Exeter Archaeology. 2004. Archaeological monitoring of the Washbourne gas pipeline, Harbertonford. Exeter Archaeology Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV108167Related to: Mill Pond at Washbourne Mill, Ashprington (Monument)
MDV69173Related to: Washbourne Mill, Ashprington (Building)
MDV108161Related to: Washbourne Mills Weir, Halwell (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV533 - Archaeological monitoring of the Washbourne gas pipeline, Harbertonford

Date Last Edited:May 23 2019 3:38PM