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HER Number:MDV20068
Name:Rattery Mill


Rattery Mill with attached mill house and miller's cottage. Retains a waterwheel and some machinery.


Grid Reference:SX 732 606
Map Sheet:SX76SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishRattery
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDARTINGTON
Ecclesiastical ParishRATTERY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SW/109
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (Built, XVIII - 1701 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 120NW (Cartographic). SDV158936.

Rattery Cornmill marked. On 1907 6" OS map and 'Mill' shown at Ladies Bridge on 1963 6" OS map. Supplied by mill leat (marked on map) leading from pond at SX72866105.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, SX76SW (Cartographic). SDV357139.

Mill' shown at Ladies Bridge. Supplied by mill leat (marked on map) leading from pond at SX72866105.

Devon County Council, 1974, Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer (Report - Survey). SDV83967.

Gristmill of stone and slate. Overshot wheel of cast iron with wooden spokes. Dimensions about 16 feet by 4 feet. Two millstones.

Booker, F., 1979, Rattery Mill (Ground Photograph). SDV361596.

Annotated interior and exterior black and white photos of Rattery Mill. The overshot waterwheel is by H. Beare, Leverton, about 16 feet diameter and 4 feet wide. Photos include details of the pitwheel, wallower and spur wheel, described as 106 inches, 37 inches and 90 inches diameter respectively. Also the roof structure; much of the building is said to date from the early 18th century. Outside the mill were two millstones, one with a name plate of W.R. Dell & Son, Mark Lane, London.

Department of Environment, 1986, Rattery, 32 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV157873.

Rattery Mill. Water mill and attached millhouse. 17th and 18th century miller's cottage. The mill: slate rubble with slurried slate half-hipped roof. Three storeys and loft. Some 18th/19th century casement windows with leaded panes. Doorway to right with loft door above with slated canopy. Single storey open-fronted one bay wing to right (north east) with gable end to road. Cast iron undershot wheel on north west side. Some machinery survives. 17th century miller's cottage adjoining south east at right angle, also slate rubble with corrugated asbestos roof with gabled ends. Two storeys. Casements with leaded panes. Plank door with gabled hood. Sun fire insurance plaque on front wall. Interior: stopped chamfer ceiling beam. Newel stairs in front wall with two chamfered wooden doorframes (top and bottom) with cambered arches.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 8.29 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 79 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Documentary reference to the conveyance of Rattery Mill tenement in 1784.

Exeter Archaeology, 2005, An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report, Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. No. 21 (Report - Survey). SDV356906.

Ex. Arch. No. 21. Watercourse: Harbourne River.
Rattery Mills are referred to in a document of 1630.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV157873List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Rattery. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 32.
SDV158936Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 120NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 8.29.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 79.
SDV356906Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2005. An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. Digital. Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. No. 21.
SDV357139Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. SX76SW. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV361596Ground Photograph: Booker, F.. 1979. Rattery Mill. Photograph (Paper) + Digital.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV108045Related to: Rattery Mill Leat (Monument)
MDV108008Related to: Rattery Mill Weir 130 metres south of Knowle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 20 2018 4:51PM