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HER Number:MDV21150
Name:Furzeleigh Corn Mill, Buckfastleigh


Late 16th or 17th century mill and mill-house, much altered in the 19th and 20th century. Converted into a hotel in the later 20th century. Constructed with solid rendered walls with a half-hipped slated roof. The mill-house is to the left; apparently a symmetrical 2-room plan with centre through-passage. Mill building to right. Adjoining this on the right is a lower domestic range, probably converted outbuildings.


Grid Reference:SX 745 670
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/75
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 375998

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CORN MILL (Constructed, XVI to XVII - 1550 AD to 1699 AD (Between))
  • HOTEL (Altered, XX - 1970 AD? to 1999 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Furzeleigh Corn Mill' is depicted on the late 19th century historic map.

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric (Cartographic). SDV350058.

Furzeleigh Mill is still depicted on the 1960s-1990s historic map.

Devon County Council, 1974, Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer, 1973 (Report - Survey). SDV83967.

Gristmill is in present use as a guest house. 19th century.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Furzeleigh Mill (Hotel) is depicted on the modern mapping.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

SX76NW BUCKFAST ROAD 849-1/3/16 (East side) 10/05/73 Furzeleigh Mill Country House Hotel (Formerly Listed as: BUCKFAST ROAD (East side) Furzeleigh Millhouse (Guesthouse)) GV II
Shown on OS map as Furzeleigh Mill. Former mill and mill-house, now hotel. Late C16 or C17, much altered in C19 and C20. Solid rendered walls (stone rubble right gable wall). Half-hipped slated roof. Rendered chimney on left gable wall and on centre of ridge. Mill-house to left; apparently a symmetrical 2-room plan with centre through-passage. Mill building to right. Adjoining this on the right is a lower domestic range, probably converted outbuildings.
Mill and mill-house 3 storeys; 4 windows wide. Range to right has 2 storeys; 6 windows wide. Mill and mill-house have mid C20 wood mullioned-and-transomed windows. Lean-to projection across front of ground storey. Mill said formerly to have had a mill-wheel and leat at rear. Range to right has late C20 wood and metal-framed windows.
Interior: much altered, but ground floor of former mill has heavy chamfered lengthways beam with straight-cut stops, including 2 big stops part-way along, evidently related to a former object below. Chamfered post further along. Marks of former machinery on beam, and also on heavy first floor ceiling beams. Owner says more detail hidden under floorboards. Old list description mentions 'roof trusses with pegged lapped collars'. Large fireplace said to be concealed in ground floor right-hand room of mill-house.
Listing NGR: SX7452866998

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #83009 ]
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound. 1973.

Associated Monuments

MDV123378Related to: Mill Race of Furzeleigh Corn Mill, Ashburton (Monument)
MDV112348Related to: Sluices on River Yeo, 120 metres north-east of Furzeleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 12 2018 4:35PM