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HER Number:MDV19347
Name:Exton Mill


Exton Mill was mentioned in Domesday Survey with further references in the 13th and later centuries


Grid Reference:SX 986 865
Map Sheet:SX98NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWoodbury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWOODBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98NE/13

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (XI to XXI - 1001 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Exton Mill (Corn)' shown on 19th century map as two groups of adjoining buildings with a 'Mill Pond' to the northeast.

Phillips, M. C. + Wilson, R. E., 1978 - 1981, Water Mills in East Devon, 142 (Article in Serial). SDV102852.

Exton Mill, Woodbury, a water-powered grist mill first mentioned on this approximate site in the Domesday Survey. First documentary evidence after that is a lease of 1697. Some details of 19th century occupancy until shortly after 1890 when it probably ceased operation.

Brighouse, U. W., 1981, Woodbury: A View from the Beacon, 36, 43, 45, 83, 149, 194 (Monograph). SDV129476.

There was a watermill established at Exton by 1242. It soon made an earlier mill at Gillbrook, mentioned in the Domesday Survey, and an early windmiill on Windmill Hill redundant. In the late 19th century both Exton and Rydon mills were experiencing difficulties during dry weather. Exton mill stopped production in the early 1920s.

Brighouse, U. W., 1982, Milling in Woodbury, 63-66 (Article in Serial). SDV129477.

First mentioned 1289. At first shared milling with Gilbrook mill, which ceased working by 1321.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 13 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Other details: 14.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 114-115 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Documentary references between 1650, when the mill and its lands were leased by John Rolle to Ambrose Snow, and 1909, when the lease was surrendered to the Rolle Estate. By 1919 corn milling had ceased and the mill was converted to generate electricity before the Second World War. It 1943 the mill and part of the mill house burnt down. Other details: Draft Report.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV102852Article in Serial: Phillips, M. C. + Wilson, R. E.. 1978 - 1981. Water Mills in East Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 34. Unknown. 142.
SDV129476Monograph: Brighouse, U. W.. 1981. Woodbury: A View from the Beacon. Woodbury: A View from the Beacon. Unknown. 36, 43, 45, 83, 149, 194.
SDV129477Article in Serial: Brighouse, U. W.. 1982. Milling in Woodbury. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 35. Unknown. 63-66.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 13.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 114-115.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV40028Related to: Millpond serving Exton Mill, Woodbury (Monument)
MDV19351Related to: Watermill at Woodbury (Monument)
MDV18328Related to: WINDMILL in the Parish of Woodbury (Monument)
MDV19348Related to: Woodbury, Rydon Mill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 21 2008 2:10PM