MDE20641 - Post-medieval leat supplying Bumsley Mill (Monument)


A leat is shown on historic mapping leading from the River Heddon to Bumsley Mill.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Mill leat for Bumsley Mill is depicted and labelled on the 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps, beginning at SS 6552 4569 and heading northeast (along the side of the road) until at SS 6568 4588, shortly after passing under a bridge, it turned northwest and entered the mill buildings at SS 6568 4589. [1,2] The route of the leat was barely discernible in c.1994. [3] The Tithe Map for Parracombe shows the leat beginning at SS 6554 4573, slightly to the northeast of its present position. It appears that the river has slightly altered course between c.1839 and c.1890. [4] In 2018, the mill leat still appears to be largely extant. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #46767 ]
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Monograph: University of the Third Age. 1995. Watermills in North Devon 1994. University of the Third Age. A5 Paperback.
  • <4> Map: 1839. Parracombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.



Grid reference Centred SS 6559 4577 (142m by 182m)
Map sheet SS64NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 57002
  • Devon SMR: SS64NE/91/1

Record last edited

Oct 27 2020 3:55PM


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