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HER Number:MDV109872
Name:Wheelpit adjacent to Bank Barn at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury


Remains of wheelpit on west side of what is now a bank barn and which is presumed to be the site of the priory watermill referred to in 1325.


Grid Reference:ST 073 063
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBroadhembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBROADHEMBURY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Kerswell Priory. Medieval Cluniac Priory north west of Matthews Cross

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WHEEL PIT (Built, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Channel depicted on west side of building. Map object based on this source.

Weddell, P. J., 1991, An Archaeological Assessment of Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Report - Assessment). SDV340329.

Wheelpit on west side of building which is likely to have been the site of the watermill referred to in a document of 1325. The wheelpit is considerably lower than the present ground surface. It was probably longer than the surviving building, probably extending about 15 metres from the dam. This could have accommodated two water wheels in line. A possible platform observed behind the existing building may indicate the position of an additional structure for the second wheel. The wheelpit would have been served by a leat from the pond which is now buried.

Allan, J. + Young, G., 2006, The Refectory Range of Kerswell Priory, 149-192 (Article in Serial). SDV344658.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Channel shown. Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV340329Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J.. 1991. An Archaeological Assessment of Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Field Investigation. 91.41. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344658Article in Serial: Allan, J. + Young, G.. 2006. The Refectory Range of Kerswell Priory. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 64. Paperback Volume. 149-192.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV44449Related to: Bank Barn at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Building)
MDV44438Related to: Fulling Mill at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Building)
MDV44437Related to: Watermill at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4742 - Archaeological Survey and Assessment at Kerswell Priory

Date Last Edited:Feb 18 2015 10:08AM