"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 15 May 2009


I am reading a book about Devon villages - it frequently mentions that there is a leat running through the village.

A leat (also lete or leet) is the name, common in the south and west of England, for a watercourse (natural, or more usually, artficial) or aqueduct, supplying water to a watermill or its mill pond. Leats may also deliver water for mineral washing and concentration, for irrigation, or to a dye or other industrial works.

This is a picture of the Devonport Leat crossing the River Meavy, courtesy of Michael A. Parle.

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