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HER Number:MDV17046
Name:Tracey Mill, Honiton

Summary

Tracey Mill or Higher Griggs Mill is probably of 17th century date. Machinery complete with 10 foot diameter waterwheel, unusual gear train between wheelshaft and wallower, which drove two pairs of stones through spur gearing.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 155 010
Map Sheet:ST10SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHoniton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHONITON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Leat and tailrace to/from Tracey Mill dating to the post-medieval period

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST10SE/39
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (I to XXI - 1 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Grigg's Mills (Corn)' marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.


Shorter, A. H., 1938 - 1939, Paper Mills in Devon (Article in Serial). SDV85082.


Shorter, A. H., 1947, Paper Mills in Devon and Cornwall, 102 (Article in Serial). SDV85084.


Shorter, A. H., 1950, The Historical Geography of the Paper Making Industry in Devon, 1684-1950, 210 (Article in Serial). SDV122239.

Paper mill known to have been operating near Honiton between 1813 and 1836.


Shorter, A. H., 1950 - 1951, Paper Mills in Devon and Cornwall, 222 (Article in Serial). SDV97329.

Newspaper reference suggests that there was a mill within a mile of the town in 1774.


Department of Environment, 1972, Honiton (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV337401.

Tracey Mill (East south east of Tracey Bridge House). Probably 17th century with alterations and additions including two storey cottage adjoining south, and long workshop east. Wood and iron water wheel, north. Mill building with grinding machinery, one mill-stone displaced. Stone walls. Slate roof. Industrial archaeological interest. Other details: LBS 84926.


Devon County Council, 1974, Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer (Report - Survey). SDV83967.

17th century building with stone walls and slate roof in present use as dwelling.


Phillips, M. C. + Wilson, R. E., 1974 - 1977, Water Mills in East Devon, 174-175 (Article in Serial). SDV42946.

A water-powered flour and grist mill, probably 17th century in origin or even earlier. Documentary evidence of its operation from 1780 to the mid 20th century. A 460m leat from a weir on the Otter provided water fo a high breastshot wheel, which is described in detail. The mill has all its machinery and could be restored to operation.


Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 121 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.


Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, 1982, Mills Index (Un-published). SDV12998.

The mill is complete.


Dixon, T. + Weddell, P. J., 1995, Archaeological and Historical Appraisal of the Town of Honiton, East Devon, 7 (Report - Assessment). SDV338066.


Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 22 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Other details: No 37.


Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 179 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Documentary reference of 1882 to 'A flour and grist mill of two pairs of stones, dressing and smut machines'. Last used as a commerical water mill in the 1960s.


Watts, S., 2004, Tour Notes compiled for the Mills Section, SPAB, Weekend Mill Tour, Devon, 2-5 September 2004, 2 (Un-published). SDV323972.

Also known as Higher Griggs Mill. The present mill, which is now part of a trout farm, is probably of 17th century origin. The shrouds of the 10ft diameter waterwheel were cast by Bodley Brothers for the Honiton millwright, Walter Mickleburgh in 1891. The lower part of the internal gearing is most unusual with an iron spur gear on the inner end of the wheelshaft which turns a smaller gear mounted on a shaft above it. This higher shaft carries a bevel gear, in effect the pitwheel, which engages with the wallower on the upright shaft. Has two pairs of French stones.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV122239Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1950. The Historical Geography of the Paper Making Industry in Devon, 1684-1950. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 82. A5 Hardback. 210.
SDV12998Un-published: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. 1982. Mills Index. Mills Index. A4 Stapled.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 22.
SDV323972Un-published: Watts, S.. 2004. Tour Notes compiled for the Mills Section, SPAB, Weekend Mill Tour, Devon, 2-5 September 2004. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 179.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337401List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Honiton. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV338066Report - Assessment: Dixon, T. + Weddell, P. J.. 1995. Archaeological and Historical Appraisal of the Town of Honiton, East Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 95.49. A4 Stapled + Digital. 7.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 121.
SDV42946Article in Serial: Phillips, M. C. + Wilson, R. E.. 1974 - 1977. Water Mills in East Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 33. Unknown. 174-175.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.
SDV85082Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1938 - 1939. Paper Mills in Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 20. Unknown.
SDV85084Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1947. Paper Mills in Devon and Cornwall. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 23.4. Unknown. 102.
SDV97329Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1950 - 1951. Paper Mills in Devon and Cornwall. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 24. Unknown. 222.

Associated Monuments

MDV73019Parent of: Weir on River Otter above Tracey Mill (Monument)
MDV73019Related to: Weir on River Otter above Tracey Mill (Monument)
MDV46376Related to: Leat to Tracey Mill, Honiton (Monument)
MDV18746Related to: Lower Griggs Mill, Honiton (Monument)
MDV65573Related to: Possible Mill Site (Monument)
MDV73019Parent of: Weir on River Otter above Tracey Mill (Monument)
MDV73019Related to: Weir on River Otter above Tracey Mill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 6 2014 11:59AM