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HER Number:MDV21154
Name:Ford Mill, Blackawton


Site of Ford Mill, a corn mill depicted on the Tithe Map and the first and second edition Ordnance Survey maps. The name implies that it was in existence before the adjacent bridge, which is thought to be 18th century, was built.


Grid Reference:SX 811 489
Map Sheet:SX84NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBlackawton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBLACKAWTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX84NW/9
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (Demolished, XX - 1901 AD to 2000 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Mill buildings depicted.

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

Site visit circa 1973. The mill ceased working about 30 years ago. A dilapidated iron overshot wheel survives with closed wooden buckets together with dilapidated machinery. Pypass water supply from springs and pools and possesses and overhead sluice. Two story mill building of red sandstone and slate roof. Mill owners cottage is occupied. 18th century.

Department of Environment, 1981, Kingsbridge RD (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV324896.

At least two buildings, perhaps three. Mill 18th century, house of early 19th century. Asbestos slate roofs with barge boards to house, rendered chimney stacks. Interior said to contain much original machinery.

English Heritage, 1991, Blackawton (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV324902.

At the north end of the east parapet of the bridge over the Gara (PRN 72322) there is a large gate pier to a gateway to the former Ford Corn Mill, which is now in ruins. The gate-pier is built of dressed slate rubble, square on plan and rebated for a gate. Other details: LBS 99823.

Pim, R., 1993, Water Power in the South Hams, 13 (Article in Serial). SDV141019.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 19.8 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Ford or Forder Mill on the River Gara.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 159-160 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

The name Ford or Forder Mill, suggests that the mill was in existence before the bridge which is thought to be probably 18th century in date. A sales notice in the Exeter Flying Post in 1836 refers to 'all those Water Grist Mills, called Ford Mills'. At that time the property included a dwelling house, walled garden, granary, stables and other outbuildings. There was also an apple 'pound' driven by water. The mill itself was described as being in a 'complete and excellent condition; a considerable sum of money having lately been expended thereon'.

Watts, S., 2006, Ford Mill (Personal Comment). SDV324897.

The descriptions by DCC and DoE may refer to Deerbridge Mill but it is difficult to be certain since Ford Mill has now gone.

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

Site of mill depicted.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV141019Article in Serial: Pim, R.. 1993. Water Power in the South Hams. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder. 9. Unknown. 13.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 19.8.
SDV324896List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1981. Kingsbridge RD. Historic Houses Register.
SDV324897Personal Comment: Watts, S.. 2006. Ford Mill.
SDV324902List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 1991. Blackawton. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 159-160.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #83011 ]
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV72322Related to: Bridge over the River Gara at Ford, Blackawton (Monument)
MDV45219Related to: Deerbridge Mill, Slapton (Building)
MDV44808Related to: Ford Mill Leat, Blackawton (Monument)
MDV72320Related to: Mill Pond at Ford Mill, Blackawton (Monument)
MDV72321Related to: Weir on River Gara above Bow Bridge, Blackawton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 23 2014 11:12AM