MMO2078 - Post-medieval leat southwest of Little Rowley (Monument)


A probable post-medieval leat or water channel is visible on aerial photographs as a substantial earthwork. It leads outside of the National Park boundary and probably forms part of the water supply to the Calvert Trust Activity Centre.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A probable post-medieval leat or water channel is visible on aerial photographs as a substantial earthwork in the vicinity of the Calvert Trust Activity centre, Kentisbury. Beginning at SS 6537 4282, the channel runs approximately east to west, following the contours of the slope as far as SS 6455 4236 and measuring approximately 940 metres long. In places there appear to be crossings or slabs placed over the channels, and it appears that the channel passes under the A399. On the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map, the flow of water appears to pass over the road, which would suggest that the channel was constructed after the road. The channel is depicted as still in use on modern maps of the area, and is likely part of the water supply to the Activity Centre, which was formerly known as Westland Pound. A pond and sluice are depicted on the 1st Edition map here, connected to the water channel. It is not clear whether the channel was constructed for domestic or industrial use. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 3096-97 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2004. 1:10000, 2004. 1:10,000.
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 SW. MD002180. [Mapped feature: #37544 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 6496 4258 (840m by 483m)
Map sheet SS64SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SW94
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1468323

Record last edited

Apr 29 2019 4:24PM


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