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HER Number:MDV19698
Name:Newland Mill


Newland Mill, fed by a leat from the River Taw.


Grid Reference:SS 659 004
Map Sheet:SS60SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS60SE/60

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CORN MILL (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880s, Ordnance Survey (Cartographic). SDV848.

Shown as Newland Corn Mill on OS 25" (1880s) map.

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

Newland Mill, fed by a leat from the River Taw. Mill structure complete.

Dunn, K., 1989, Newland Mill, North Tawton (Plan - measured). SDV358693.

Plans for change of use of redundant mill buildings to private dwellings and garages, plus improvement to existing dwelling.

Griffith, F. M., 1994, DAP/XB, 10, 11 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224905.

Gent, T. H., 1996, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Golf Course at the Hams, North Tawton, 11 (Report - Assessment). SDV319191.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 36, 147 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Passmore, A. J., 2003, Archaeological Recording During Gas Main Realignment South of Newland Mill, North Tawton, 2 (Report - Survey). SDV219497.

Mill complex and residential buildings of late C18-C20. Mill building converted into residential units in 2003. The waterwheel was powered by the leat which runs to the north but has been infilled around the mill.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 255 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

'Grist Mill' mentioned in 1832 and reconstructed to a roller system in 1889. Demolition work in 2002 revealed one of the waterwheels. The late Victorian mill which housed the 'Simon' plant was a separate stream-powered structure and derelict in 2002.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Historic England, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV358087.

Former corn and flour mill, now disused. 1814 with considerable mid and late C19 additions. Stone rubble walls with brick to the additions. Hipped and gable ended slate roof. Large very tall detached rubble stack at rear. Plan: the original mill building is at the front and was probably of only one room on each floor with the wheel at its left-hand end. In the mid C19 it was heightened and extended in a wing at the rear. In the late C19 a large 4-storey block was added at the rear with a chimney stack for a steam engine. Another wing was built at right angles at the right-hand side of the main range, probably with purely storage functions. Exterior: 3 storeys, 4 storey rear range. The original building at the front has stone arches to windows and a line in the stone work where its original gabled roof was raised another storey. Iron mill-wheel is in pit to its left hand side which has breast-shot action. Mid C19 wing extends to its rear with late C19 wing to its right and taller block at the rear with chimney. Interior: the mill machinery appears to be intact - its gearing has wooden teeth and there are 2 millstones. The mid C19 heightening and addition was probably to provide extra accommodation for corn bins as these make up a false second floor. Source: Walter Mortimer - The History of North Tawton.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV12998Un-published: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. 1982. Mills Index. Mills Index. A4 Stapled.
SDV219497Report - Survey: Passmore, A. J.. 2003. Archaeological Recording During Gas Main Realignment South of Newland Mill, North Tawton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.25. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV224905Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1994. DAP/XB. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 10, 11.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 36, 147.
SDV319191Report - Assessment: Gent, T. H.. 1996. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Golf Course at the Hams, North Tawton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 96.09. A4 Stapled + Digital. 11.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 255.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82573 ]
SDV358087National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV358693Plan - measured: Dunn, K.. 1989. Newland Mill, North Tawton. Architect's Drawings. Plans + Digital.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV67180Parent of: Leat to Newland Mill, North Tawton (Monument)
MDV98093Related to: Newland Mill House (Building)
MDV94675Related to: Outbuildings at Newland Mill (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV104 - SPAB Mills Index

Date Last Edited:Jun 30 2015 2:30PM