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HER Number:MDV18507
Name:Tide Mill at Old Mill Creek, Townstal, Dartmouth


Possible site of a former tide mill at Old Mill Creek


Grid Reference:SX 863 520
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
Civil ParishDittisham
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTOWNSTAL

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 446038
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/67
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX85SE32

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TIDE MILL (Unknown date)

Full description

Chope, R. P., 1967, Untitled Source, 63 (Monograph). SDV120078.

A mid 13th century deed mentions a tidemill within Dartmouth, and is one of the earliest such references in the country. No documentary evidence points to Old Mill Creek, but location of site and placename evidence seem incontrovertible. Already called "Old Mylle Creke" in 1534-43.

Minchinton, W. + Perkins, J., 1971, Tidemills of Devon and Cornwall, 35 (Monograph). SDV114474.

At Old Mill Creek, Dartmouth, the possible site of a former tidemill.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX85SE32 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV341210.

Possible site of a tidemill at Old Mill Creek.

Weddell, P. J. + Turton, S. D., 1993, Archaeological Assessment of Dartmouth STW (Old Mill Scheme), 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV341209.

Donne's 1765 map shows it as 'Old Mill', with a bridge by implication over the creek.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 8 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Old Mill Cottage. Other details: Site 6.

Collings, A. G., 2001, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Dartmouth Sewage Treatment Scheme, 9 (Report - Assessment). SDV336229.

Possible tidal millpool at SX86185193 which was infilled by the mid 19th century.

Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV114474Monograph: Minchinton, W. + Perkins, J.. 1971. Tidemills of Devon and Cornwall. Tidemills of Devon and Cornwall. Unknown. 35.
SDV120078Monograph: Chope, R. P.. 1967. Early Tours in Devon and Cornwall. Unknown. 63.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 8.
SDV336229Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G.. 2001. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed Dartmouth Sewage Treatment Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 01.72. A4 Stapled + Digital. 9.
SDV341209Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J. + Turton, S. D.. 1993. Archaeological Assessment of Dartmouth STW (Old Mill Scheme). Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 93.27. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV341210Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX85SE32. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV18431Related to: Dartmouth Tide Mills (Building)
MDV56922Related to: La Fosse, Dartmouth (Monument)
MDV53847Related to: Mill Pool to east of Old Mill Creek (Monument)
MDV53835Related to: Old Mill, Old Mill Creek, Dartmouth (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 26 2015 2:22PM