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HER Number:MDV102801
Name:Weir Mill, Drewsteignton

Summary

Clifford Mill. Weir Mill survives as an overgrown ruin. The watercourses and the survival of bridge tree slots in the left hand gable wall suggest that it formerly had two waterwheels, one at each end of the building.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 772 899
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDrewsteignton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (Built, Post Medieval to XIX - 1540 AD to 1900 AD (Between))
  • CORN MILL (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Swete, R. J. (Revd), 03/03/1794, Clifford Mill, DRO, 564M/F5/193 (Record Office Collection). SDV357348.

View entitled 'Clifford Mill' and dated 3rd March 1794. The drawing shows a small, buttressed, thatched mill, the roof extending down at the front to form a porch over the door. At the right hand end of the building is an undershot wheel. The upper part of the gable at this end of the building looks to be clad with timber.


Watts, S., 05/11/2014, Weir Mill (Personal Comment). SDV357347.

Site visit 31st October 2014. Weir Mill survives as an overgrown ruin. The layout of the watercourses suggests that it formerly had two waterwheels, one at each end, with a spillway also on the left hand (river side). Two bridge tree slots are visible in the gable wall at this end of the building. There are several pieces of French burr stone lying amongst the tumbled stonework and several pieces of iron work including a stone spindle have been found by the landowners.


Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Weir Mill (Corn) marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Weir Mill marked on 1904-1906 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.


Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.), 1998, Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 2, 46, 49 (Monograph). SDV341167.

Revd. Swete refers to the mill as Clifford Mill but his drawing and description very much suggest that it is Weir Mill that he is referring to. He describes it as 'a thatched Cottage and from a stone buttress, and two Wooden props appeared to have been for some time in a very infirm state. The Wheel was turned by an under current, the waters from which..ran in front of the Building, under a little bridge of planks - at its furthest end, was an arch through which the superfluous waters were conducted'.


Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 294-5 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Weir Mill was destroyed by fire in May 1833. According to a report in the Exeter Flying Post the fire was started deliberately. The ruins of the mill can still be seen. The mill house is still extant.


Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Site of mill depicted on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 294-5.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV341167Monograph: Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.). 1998. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 2. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Sw. 2. Hardback Volume. 46, 49.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #62299 ]
SDV357347Personal Comment: Watts, S.. 05/11/2014. Weir Mill.
SDV357348Record Office Collection: Swete, R. J. (Revd). 03/03/1794. Clifford Mill. 564M. Print. DRO, 564M/F5/193.

Associated Monuments

MDV102800Related to: Weir Mill Leat, Drewsteignton (Monument)
MDV102799Related to: Weir north of Hitchcombe Wood (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 19 2018 4:52PM