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HER Number:MDV80433
Name:Heatree Leat, Manaton


Heatree Leat runs between SX71698026 and SX72538068 along the western edge of Heatree Down. The western section represents the original leat which flowed north at SX72098022 to supply the corn mill at Heathercombe but may also have been used by medieval tin-workers. At some point this was replaced by the current course. Surveyed and recorded in the Dartmoor Trust Leats Project.


Grid Reference:SX 722 805
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of prehistoric field system on Heatree Down, with enclosure and huts, as well as medieval strip fields around Natsworthy, some fossilised in extant field boundaries

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Post Medieval to Modern - 1540 AD to 2013 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Leat depicted on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map (approximately 1880s in date) but not named.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1991, Tinworking at Heathercombe, Manaton (Un-published). SDV280255.

Leat taken off the north bank of the East Webburn River. The leat now flows to Heatree House but on the 1842 tithe map it is shown feeding into the head of the main Heathercombe Valley at SX72108020. It would have supplied water to the corn mill at Heathercombe but was probably used by medieval tinners. The parish boundary of Manaton follows this leat rather than the river so it is likely to be of an early date. Other details: In Parish File.

Dartmoor Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2010, Dartmoor Trust Leats Project 2009-2010 (Report - Survey). SDV347530.

Heatree Leat surveyed and recorded running between SX71698026 and SX72538068. (East Webburn-Hayne Brook/Bovey). Unregulated take-off, reasonable flow, much returns to the river in the first 200 meters - seepage and one major breach. Channel across common to Natsworthy Gate much overgrown but deep trench. Disappears into grounds of Heatree Activity Centre. Other details: T:\Dartmoor Leats Survey / Q:\MAPDATA\HISTORIC\LeatsProject.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV280255Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1991. Tinworking at Heathercombe, Manaton. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #107240 ]
SDV347530Report - Survey: Dartmoor Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2010. Dartmoor Trust Leats Project 2009-2010. Dartmoor Trust. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV63129Related to: Heathercombe Corn Mill, Manaton (Building)
MDV63134Related to: Heathercombe Leat, Manaton (Monument)
MDV63131Related to: Weir on East Webburn to east-south-east of Berry Pound, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 17 2019 10:24AM