WHITEBROOK WIREWORKS LEAT

Site Details



NPRN
276019
Map Reference
SO50NW
Grid Reference
SO528067
Unitary (Local) Authority
Monmouthshire
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Trellech United
Type of Site
LEAT
Broad Class
Water Supply and Drainage
Period
Post Medieval;Modern

Site Description

Length of leat built for over a mile from the White Brook to supply water power to Whitebrook Wireworks (MM270), established
c. 1600. Water powered wire drawing was first brought to Britain in 1566, when a wireworks was established at Tintern with German expertise. The leat has been obliterated in the immediate vicinity of the Wireworks itself and at its head near the Whitebrook, but an intermediate section is very well preserved. This appears as a trough roughly 2m across with cutting on the uphill side and a wall of large boulders on the downhill side.
Source: Cadw scheduling description of 08. 2000 F.Foster/RCAHMW 03. 2006

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