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HER Number:MDV13406
Name:Millwood or Millswood Mill, South Brent


Millwood or Millswood Mill, South Brent. Dates from as early as 1766 when it was a paper mill (until 1832). Mentioned in the Tithe Apportion of 1840. Has also been used as a flock, flour, grist, leather and teazle mill in the past and as an engineering factory during the early 20th century, making aeroplane parts during the Secon World War. Mill burnt down in 1948 and was not rebuilt.


Grid Reference:SX 695 601
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/268

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILL (XVIII to XX - 1766 AD to 1948 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1142.

Vis=estimated -/-/1979 (robinson) there has definitely been a paper mill in brent from 1766-1832. That this was the site of millswood mill was shown in the tithe apportionment entry. The subsequent history of the mill is clear: entries in the parish registers referring to paper makers carrying the history of paper making up to at least 1841. By 1873 it was a flock mill and by 1900 a flour mill. Later this century it was taken over as an engineering factory by w. H. Heath of plymouth and was used to make aeroplane parts during the 1939-45 war. In 1948 it was burnt down and has not been rebuilt. The mill building now roofless and less than one storey high is densely overgrown. It is built of granite river boulders and dressed granite quoins with some brick window openings. The only recoverable dimension is a wall length of 15m approx, although the building appears roughly square. The leat, from the left bank of the river avon, still flows. The course of the leat and the three cottages can be identified. Mill at south brent known to have been operating as a paper mill between 1766 and 1832 (shorter, 1950). Documentary evidence in 1766 cited (shorter,1947-1949) (worksheet).

1969, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152273.

"millswood mills" marked on os 6" (1906) map and on os 6" (1969).(os).

SITE COULD BE VICARAGE MILL, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152274.

Remains of millswood mill. Probably a fulling mill or teazle mill in 1850.(site could be vicarage mill). Reference to four dozen racks and access to lime pits. Paper mill 1766-1841. Later flock mill then grist mill. Mill now ruinous. Mill house extant.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152277.

Des=os 6"(1906)120sw.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152278.

Des=parish checklist/worksheet(r. Robinson -/-/1979).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152279.

Shorter, a. H. /tda/82(1950)209/paper making industry in devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152280.

Shorter, a. H. /dcnq/23(1947-1949)100/paper mills in devon and cornwall.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152281.

Shorter, a. H. /dcnq/20(1938-1939)35/paper mills in devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152282.

Des=dcc/survey of watermills in devon/(1974)gazetteer.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152283.

Bodman, m. /water-powered sites in devon/(1998)1,12/in smr.

Anonymous, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV76927.

Vis=est 1973(anon) (dcc mills survey).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1142Migrated Record:
SDV152273Migrated Record: 1969.
SDV152277Migrated Record:
SDV152278Migrated Record:
SDV152279Migrated Record:
SDV152280Migrated Record:
SDV152281Migrated Record:
SDV152282Migrated Record:
SDV152283Migrated Record:
SDV76927Monograph: Anonymous.

Associated Monuments

MDV80404Related to: Brent Mill Leat, South Brent (Monument)
MDV102759Related to: Weir at South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 20 2011 12:50PM