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HER Number:MDV1599
Name:Former Mill, Parkwood Road, Tavistock


Former mill, originally a tan mill, but used as a shear mill in the 18th century. By the late 19th century the site was occupied by a tannery.


Grid Reference:SX 485 746
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTAVISTOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/59

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILL (XVII to XVIII - 1601 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

'Tannery' shown.

Finberg, H. P. R., 1920, Drake's Weir, Tavistock, 270 (Article in Serial). SDV350123.

Alexander, J. J., 1937, Tavistock in the 15th century, 258, 266 (Article in Serial). SDV322349.

This may be the site of Chope Mill which is mentioned in various 15th century rentals and leases.

Hicks, C. E., 1947, Tavistock: The Changing Scene in the Last Two Centuries, 165 (Article in Serial). SDV256401.

An 18th century mill used for grinding clothworker's shears stands near where the Great Western Railway now crosses the Tavy. Originally a tan mill driven by water from the millbrook by means of a dam or sluice which provided a channel of water flowing past the millpond into the river. The pool was called Drake's Pool after William Drake who built the tan mill.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV256401Article in Serial: Hicks, C. E.. 1947. Tavistock: The Changing Scene in the Last Two Centuries. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 79. A5 Hardback. 165.
SDV322349Article in Serial: Alexander, J. J.. 1937. Tavistock in the 15th century. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. Unknown. 258, 266.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #81704 ]
SDV350123Article in Serial: Finberg, H. P. R.. 1920. Drake's Weir, Tavistock. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 2. Unknown. 270.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 14 2012 10:55AM