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Dunster Castle Mill

Hob Uid: 36933
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Dunster
Grid Ref : SS9910043330
Summary : A Medieval, Late 17th century water mill, rebuilt in 1779-82. It comprises two storey building with projecting wings with twin overshot water wheels at the eastern end. A restoration was carried out in 1979. The mill is thought to be on the site of a Domesday mill. This is a Grade II listed building. The mill has also been recorded as SS94SE 105.
More information : (SS 99104333) Castle Mill (NAT) (1)

5366 DUNSTER MILL LANE
Castle Mill and attached gateway and gates.
SS 9843-9943 4/68 22.5.69 Grade 2* GV

Late 17th century structure, largely rebuilt 1779-1782. Render, slate roof, end gables, recessed centre, gabled projecting side wings slated verges. Two storeys plus attics. Central section comprises two gabled, slate-hung dormer windows, 3-light metal casements in wood frames, leaded lights. First floor has one 3-light metal casement window with leaded lights to left and stable-type plain boarded door to right with hoist. Similar window and door to ground floor. Side wings, one window per floor, quatrefoil attic window with leaded glazing, first floor has 2-light pointed arch window with intersecting tracery and single metal casement, left-hand wing at ground floor 4-light mullioned window set in recessed three-centred arched opening,right-hand wing has plain boarded door in comparable opening.

Twin wooden overshot water wheels at east end. Interior retains mill machinery in working order. Rubble wall with brick dressing juts from south-east angle of mill, pierced by pointed arch opening with
wrought-iron gates, lancet opening above, moulded stone final. (2)

Dunster Castle Mill, on the site of a mill mentioned in Domesday, was
restored to working order in 1979. The National Monument Record has a full photographic record of the mill with plans and elevations made by R Chidgey in 1970. (3-4)

Additional bibliography. (5-7)

The Castle Mill referred to above (1-7) has also been recorded as SS 94 SE 105, UID 543249. (9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 1:2500 1904
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : West Somerset District, 4th August 1983
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Aston M, Leech R. 1977. Historic Towns in Somerset - CRAAGS Survey No 2, 47
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : National Trust Properties Open 1985 112
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Burton A. 1983. National Trust Guide to Our Industrial Past, 212
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Buchanan C A, Buchanan R A. 1980. Industrial Archaeology of Central Southern England, 131
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Source : Country Life
Source details : (C J Cornish)
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Source Number : 8
Source : Register of parks and gardens of special historic interest in England
Source details : Somerset
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Source Number : 9
Source : RCHME/EH/HE Aerial Photographers comment
Source details : Amanda Dickson/17-APR-2007/English Heritage: Gloucestershire County Coucil: Severn Estuary NMP, Rapid Coastal Zone Assesment
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : documented in Domesday
Monument End Date : 1086
Monument Start Date : 1086
Monument Type : Watermill
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : late C17
Monument End Date : 1699
Monument Start Date : 1667
Monument Type : Watermill, Overshot Wheel
Evidence : Extant Building, Structure
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Rebuilt 1779-84
Monument End Date : 1784
Monument Start Date : 1779
Monument Type : Watermill
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Restored in 1979
Monument End Date : 1979
Monument Start Date : 1979
Monument Type : Watermill
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 264700
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 94 SE 32
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 543249
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 36863
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL: SEVERN ESTUARY NMP, RAPID COASTAL ZONE ASSESSMENT SURVEY
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2006-04-10
End Date : 2008-11-01