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HER Number:MDV73011
Name:Head Weir, Chittlehamholt


Head Weir marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map at entrance of leat to Head Mill.


Grid Reference:SS 665 185
Map Sheet:SS61NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishChittlehamholt
Civil ParishKing's Nympton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHITTLEHAMHOLT
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGS NYMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WEIR (Unknown date)

Full description

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

'Head Weir' marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map across river Mole at entrance of leat to 'Head Mill (Corn)'.

Watts, M., 2010, Head Weir Kingsnympton/Chittlehamholt, Devon. An Assessment for the Environment Agency (Report - Assessment). SDV344639.

Head weir spans the River Mole upstream of a natural bend. It is V-shaped, the apex pointed upstream with a central fish pass. It has a flat crest circa metres high and circa 3 metres wide with a sloping face or apron which extends about 16 metres on the downstream side which appears to be faced with concrete. This is no longer smooth and there are pieces projecting into the flow of the river and exposing the stonework beneath. Both the north and south banks are stone-revetted and that to the upper and lower ends of the north bank is deteriorating due to erosion by the river. The weir supplies the leat to Head Mill and is, therefore, presumed to be contemporary with the mill which is thought to date to at least 1800. However, from the evidence of the Tithe Map it appears that the weir has migrated slightly upstream and its rebuilding maybe connected to a period of refitting at the mill.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #100399 ]
SDV344639Report - Assessment: Watts, M.. 2010. Head Weir Kingsnympton/Chittlehamholt, Devon. An Assessment for the Environment Agency. 186/2010. A4 Stapled + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV1033Related to: Head Mill, Chittlehamholt (Building)
MDV67875Related to: Leat to Head Mill, Chittlehamholt (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4725 - Assessment of Head Weir, Chittlehamholt

Date Last Edited:Jun 4 2010 4:11PM