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Drake's Leat
Yennadon to Plymouth, Devon, UK
Drake's Leat
associated engineer
date  1584
era  Tudor  |  category  Water Supply/Pipes  |  reference  SX518651
ICE reference number  HEW 1039
photo  PHEW
Plymouth's first public water supply was transported from the River Meavy west of Yennadon in the artificial watercourse called Drake's Leat. It's course is visible at this OS reference.
The leat was named after Sir Francis Drake, who was a member of a Parliamentary committee that approved the Government Bill for the bringing of the water.
It's still traceable here on Roxborough Down, in Yelverton and near its source at the river (SX550676). Its destination point is SX483543.
It was originally 17 miles long, roughly 6ft wide and 2ft deep, and took about 5 months to construct. One hundred years after it was built, solid invert and granite sides were added.
reference sources   CEH South

Drake's Leat