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HER Number:MDV19697
Name:Bicclescombe Mill, Ilfracombe


Bicclescombe Mill has been restored and is now in working order.


Grid Reference:SS 518 465
Map Sheet:SS54NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIlfracombe
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishILFRACOMBE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS54NW/30

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Bicklescombe Mill (Corn) shown as an L-shaped range of buildings with a mill pond and mill leat to the south.

Express & Echo, 1976, Unknown (Article in Serial). SDV86819.

Bicclescombe. Corn mill. Water-powered. Recently restored.

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

Site visit July 1982. Mill has been restored.

North Devon Archaeological Society, 1989, North Devon Watermills, 35 (Monograph). SDV337776.

Site visits 1974 and 1989. Bicclescombe mill, Ifracombe. The overshot water wheel is constructed of cast iron with wooden buckets. It is 17ft in diameter and 2ft 8ins wide. The water wheel, the interior wheels and the gearing are in working order though some machinery is missing. There is one pair of millstones. There are two possible mill ponds above the mill on the East Wilder Brook. The watermill, built in about the late 18th century, was completely rebuilt in the 1960s. Outside the leat and the sluices are in good order and the wheel still turns. The mill is open as tea rooms in the summer.

University of the Third Age, 1995, Watermills in North Devon 1994, 12 (Monograph). SDV74915.

The mill is in working order. There is a metal guard over the wheel. What is visible today is almost a complete reproduction of the original. The leat has recently been renovated and restored by NDDC.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 17.29 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 150 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 17.29.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 150.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337776Monograph: North Devon Archaeological Society. 1989. North Devon Watermills. North Devon Watermills. A5 Paperback. 35.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82572 ]
SDV74915Monograph: University of the Third Age. 1995. Watermills in North Devon 1994. Watermills in North Devon 1994. A5 Paperback. 12.
SDV86819Article in Serial: Express & Echo. 1976. Unknown. Express & Echo.

Associated Monuments

MDV69999Related to: Bicclescombe Mill, Leat (Monument)
MDV69998Related to: Bicclescombe Mill, millpond (Monument)
MDV31156Related to: East Wilder Brook, Weir (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2018 11:25AM