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HER Number:MDV21338
Name:Stone Mill, Chawleigh


Stone Mill is understood to have last worked in c1933. Its working parts survive basically intact and appear to date from the last quarter of the 19th century. The overshot wheel drove three pairs of stones and also a thresher.


Grid Reference:SS 720 131
Map Sheet:SS71SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishChawleigh
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAWLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS71SW/27

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1906/1963, Untitled Source, 43NW(1906) (Migrated Record). SDV50727.

'Stone Mill' shown on 1903 and 1963 6" OS maps.

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

Stone Mill. ?gristmill. Overshot wheel, 11ft diameter, cast iron, wooden buckets. Much of machinery remains. Other details: Gazetteer. Visited c1973.

Watts, M., 1996, Stone Mill, Chawleigh, Devon (Correspondence). SDV50728.

Stone Mill is understood to have last worked in c1933. Its working parts survive basically intact and untouched. Now in use as a farm store and the first (millstone) floor is used for storing hay, so the millstones etc are not readily visible. The mill appears to have been completely rebuilt during the last quarter of the 19th century, perhaps the 1880s, as the overshot wheel is by Garnish & Lemon of Barnstaple. The cast iron machinery, which is in good condition, appears to be all of the same age and is nicely typical of the late 19th century. The waterwheel is spur-geared to three sets of millstones and a sack hoist, with a drive extending into the rear of the mill to power a thresher. This appears complete and is a particularly fine example. There are several other good features, including cast iron windows with the appearance of leaded lights, cottage type stairs between the floors and a well-made wooden millstone crane used to lift the runner stones off for dressing. Much of the timberwork, including the roof and the hurst that carries the millstones, is of oak and the whole is generally in remarkably good condition. The waterwheel is of iron construction with wooden buckets and sole boards and could be readily repaired, although its timbner parts and those of the launder will need to be renewed.

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

Other details: 122.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 263-4 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Other details: Draft.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 36.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 263-4.
SDV50727Migrated Record: Ordnance Survey. 1906/1963. 6". 43NW(1906).
SDV50728Correspondence: Watts, M.. 1996. Stone Mill, Chawleigh, Devon. Letter to P. Child. Digital.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV35209Related to: LEAT in the Parish of Chawleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV2969 - Unnamed Event

Date Last Edited:Mar 13 2019 9:51AM