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HER Number:MDV18629
Name:Millbrook Mills, Axminster

Summary

Site of grist and sawmills at Millbrook, Axminster.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 303 987
Map Sheet:SY39NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY39NW/21

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILL (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Saw Mills marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map comprising a scattered group of buildings, the main saw mill building being at the northern end of the complex at the head of the mill race.


Phillips, M. C. + Wilson, R. E., 1974 - 1977, Water Mills in East Devon, 51-52 (Article in Serial). SDV42946.

A grist and sawmill at Millbrook, Axminster was powered by water. No date or precise locations are given, but documentary evidence of ownership of one or other of Axminster's several mills between the 16th and 20th centuries is given.


Weddell, P. J., 1991, Archaeological Appraisal of Potential Development Areas in Axminster and its Environs, 11 (Report - Assessment). SDV99927.

Mills belonged to the medieval manor of Prestaller. Generally operated as gristmills, though it is quite probable that there were also fulling mills here at some time. Converted to saw mills by late 19th century.


Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 2, 37 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Listed as 'Millbrook Mill' at SY303987.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003, Archaeological Assessment of Proposed New Development at Millbrook, Chard Road, Axminster, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV117786.

Probable site of a medieval grist mill which was operating as saw mills from the late 19th century. In the 19the century small buildings were constructed to the rear. A dwelling called Millwater House now occupies the mill site. Other details: Fig 3.


Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 14 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

A miller at 'Millbrook' was mentioned in a directory of 1850.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV117786Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 2003. Archaeological Assessment of Proposed New Development at Millbrook, Chard Road, Axminster. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.66. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 2, 37.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 14.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV42946Article in Serial: Phillips, M. C. + Wilson, R. E.. 1974 - 1977. Water Mills in East Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 33. Unknown. 51-52.
SDV99927Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J.. 1991. Archaeological Appraisal of Potential Development Areas in Axminster and its Environs. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 91.14. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11.

Associated Monuments

MDV70561Related to: Mill Race, Millbrook (Monument)
MDV45764Related to: Millbrook Farm, Axminster (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 12 2012 2:21PM