Site Event/Activity record EEM14596 - 2016: GPS - Dulverton Leat



Ridgeway Archaeology


March 2016


An archaeological survey was carried out in March 2016 of the wear and leat system in Dulverton. The weir is 65 metres in length and several metres wide, diverting some of the water from the River Barle into the leat north of the town. The leat is over half a kilometre long and channels water through the town before returning it to the river. During the medieval period and up to the 19th Century it provided the energy to drive several mills, the buildings of which (largely rebuilt in the post-medieval period) survive as standing structures. Water levels along the leat were measured relative to water levels in the river, to see why the weir and leat were laid out the way they were. The total fall from inlet to outlet of the leat is 6.40 metres. It was noted that the system allowed gravitational pull on the flow of water at certain vertical 'falls' or 'drops' into wheel pits to be used to drive mill wheels. This was achieved by carrying the water (at height) through the town and it is the latter part of the structure where the levels drop steeply and most of the water mills are placed. The lay-out of such a highly functional weir-and-leat system must have been surveyed in prior to construction.

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Report: Edgeworth, M.. 2016. Archaeological survey of the weir and leat system at Dulverton, West Somerset.



Location Dulverton Leat, Dulverton, Somerset
Grid reference Centred SS 9130 2796 (118m by 605m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS92NW

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

  • Mill Leat, Dulverton (Monument)
  • Paper Mill, Lady Street, Dulverton (Monument)
  • Weir on the River Barle, Dulverton (Monument)

Record last edited

Sep 28 2021 10:43AM