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HER Number:MDV80452
Name:Leat over Halfpenny Bridge near Holmingham


Leat shown on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map. The leat appears to have fed water meadows at Holmingham.


Grid Reference:SS 953 207
Map Sheet:SS92SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishStoodleigh
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LEAT (Unknown date)

Full description

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

The line of the leat is shown on the 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map. It leaves the river at a weir on the River Batherm which is located just above where tailrace from Tucking Mill enters the river. The leat runs on the west side of the river, passes under the road from Exeter Inn to Halfpenny Bridge Cottage and turns west to follow that road to the cottage and then south over Halfpenny Bridge via an aqueduct. It then flows east towards Holmingham and peters out in meadow land in the bend between the river and the railway. There is no sign of Holmingham Quarry (shown as disused on modern mapping in Holmingham Wood to the south of Halfpenny Bridge) on the map. Map object based on this Source.

McManamon, T. + Bodman, M. + Kanefsky, J., 2006, Leat (Worksheet). SDV347508.

Worksheet source 347508
The leat leaves the River Batherm at SS95282125 and runs down the south side of the present A396, then followed the road in a westerly direction, turned left alongside the eastern edge of the road leading to Halfpenny Bridge and cross the bridge in a wooden channel. It was originally thought that the leat fed a water meadow but current research suggests that the leat serviced Holmingham Quarry.

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

Map object based on this Source.

Mcmanamon, T., 22/08/2006, Halfpenny Bridge (Correspondence). SDV347583.

Sources / Further Reading

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).
SDV347508Worksheet: McManamon, T. + Bodman, M. + Kanefsky, J.. 2006. Leat. Devon County Sites and Monuments Register. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV347583Correspondence: Mcmanamon, T.. 22/08/2006. Halfpenny Bridge. Email correspondence regarding earthworks and leat in vicinity of Halfpenny. A4 Single Sheet + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV72784Related to: Aqueduct at Halfpenny Bridge, Stoodleigh (Monument)
MDV49933Related to: Halfpenny Bridge, Stoodleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 29 2011 9:23AM