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HER Number:MDV17642
Name:Mill House Retreats, Burlescombe


Picturesque former farmhouse, possibly incorporating the site of a mill. Formerly known as Rocknell Farm. The name Rocknell is first recorded as 'ruwan cnol' in a charter of AD958.


Grid Reference:ST 050 166
Map Sheet:ST01NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBurlescombe
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBURLESCOMBE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST01NE/33
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMHOUSE (IX to Post Medieval - 801 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV42995.

Doe=d1/6/202(1876)/abstract of a title to rocknell farm.
A mill at rocknell is mentioned in the foundation charter of canonsleigh priory

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 547 (Monograph). SDV1312.

The name Rocknell is first recorded as 'ruwan cnol', meaning rough hilltop, in AD958.

Department of Environment, 1957, Tiverton Rural District (Provisional List), 8 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV337001.

Picturesque farmhouse of irregular plan and varied elevations. Colour washed rubble with slate and thatched roofs. Stone and brick stacks. Two storeys. Wood casements. Moulded ceiling beams.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Row of buildings shown as part of Rocknell Farm.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England, 1147547 (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

Rocknell Farmhouse including granary adjoining the south-east end.
Former farmhouse, including what might once have been used as a mill. Early C17, some late C17 - early C18 alterations, refurbished in late C19 and granary extension of circa 1910. Unusual and original layout. Overall it has a 5-room plan, backing onto a small stream. At the right (north-west) end there is a small room. It was originally unheated although now there is an inserted gable-end stack. Next to it is the main room, the hall, and it has a large axial stack backing onto the right end room. Next to this is another small unheated room, probably a dairy and small connecting lobby. In front of this room and overlapping the hall is a kitchen block with projecting gable-end stack. It contains the main stair from the hall (now a late C19 replacement of the original). The next room in the main block is large with a secondary rear lateral stack. This might have been used as a mill in the C17; it is difficult to ascribe any domestic function for it. At the left (south-east) end there is the granary of circa 1910. There is a late C19-early C20 service outshot (the present kitchen) across-the front to the right of the original kitchen block.
Only the hall and dairy section of the main block roof is original; it is carried on side-pegged jointed cruck trusses with a high slightly-curving collars. The rest of the roof was replaced in the late C17-early C18
An interesting single phase house which is built alongside a stream and seems to incorporate a mill.
Please see listing description for full details.
Date first listed: 5th April 1966
Date of most recent amendment: 17th March 1988

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 547.
SDV337001List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1957. Tiverton Rural District (Provisional List). Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 8.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1147547.
SDV42995Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV15693Parent of: Mill at Rocknell, Burlescombe (Monument)
MDV83471Related to: Linhay at Mill House Retreats, Burlescombe (Building)
MDV88715Related to: Stables and barn at Mill House Retreats, Burlescombe (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 6 2019 2:57PM