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HER Number:MDV20567
Name:Modbury, Swanbridge Mill


Swanbridge Mill was described as disused in 1942 with the remains of an overshot waterwheel, although most of the internal machinery was still intact. It is now thought to have probably been converted. There are documentary references to a priory mill at Swanbridge in the 12th and 13th centuries.


Grid Reference:SX 656 513
Map Sheet:SX65SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishModbury
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishMODBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65SE/47

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1906/1969, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV155466.

Swanbridge Corn Mill is shown on the 1906 6" OS map with a mill pond centred at SX65725140. Mill pond and mill still shown on 1969 6" OS map.

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

19th century gristmill. Other details: Gazetteer.

Pim, R., 1993, Water Power in the South Hams, 12 (Article in Serial). SDV141019.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 12 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Other details: 5.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 98-99 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Documentary references in 12th and 13th centuries to the priory mill at Swanbridge. The mill was described by H. E. S. Simmons in 1942 as a three storey whitewashed building with a cottage and farm shed attached. It was disused and the buckets were missing from the 12ft by 4ft overshot wheel. The internal machinery of iron and timber with two pairs of stones was more or less intact. Bodman thinks the mill has probably now been converted to a residence. There are signs of a dried up leat and small millpond below the embanked road that runs out of the village towards Kingsbridge. Other details: Draft Report.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV141019Article in Serial: Pim, R.. 1993. Water Power in the South Hams. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder. 9. Unknown. 12.
SDV155466Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906/1969. 6".
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 12.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 98-99.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV72982Parent of: Mill Leat at Swanbridge Corn Mill (Monument)
MDV18499Related to: Clyng Mill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 21 2006 1:55PM