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HER Number:MDV21341
Name:Bottreaux Mill


Bottreaux mill, shown as a corn mill on late 19th and early 20th century maps. Operated as a sawmill in the later 20th century.


Grid Reference:SS 822 264
Map Sheet:SS82NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishMolland
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMOLLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS82NW/33

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Shown as 'Corn Mill' at 'Bottreaux Mill' on Ordnance Survey 25 inch (1880s) map with a 'Smithy' to the north and 'Mill Leat' to the north-east.

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 23NW (Cartographic). SDV80204.

Bottreaux Corn Mill' shown.

Ordnance Survey, 1973, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV341477.

'Bottreaux Mill' shown.

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

Site visit during 1973. Gristmill. Building three-storeys high. All machinery removed.

North Devon Archaeological Society, 1989, North Devon Watermills, 36 (Monograph). SDV337776.

Site visited during 1974. The water wheel and the machinery have gone. There is one millstone on the site. The mill is a three storey building. The Combe, a tributary of the Yeo, supplies the water to the leat, which is 6 feet wide by 3 feet deep. It operated as a grist mill from 1920 to 1930, and as a saw mill between 1940 and 1950. It still operates as a saw mill but with different motive power.

University of the Third Age, 1995, Watermills in North Devon 1994, 19 (Monograph). SDV74915.

Site viisted during 1994. Little evidence of this mill left, as building is now a timber workshop. The mill was used at one time both for grinding grain (there is evidence of drop flaps in the ceiling) and sawing. The wheel was overshot, and there is still a grinding wheel over the left exit in the floor. The leat is very overgrown.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 236 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Described in a sales document of 2000 as 'The Old forge and Sawmills' at Bottreaux Mill with a leat to the rear which used to power the internal machinery through a water wheel.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 236.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337776Monograph: North Devon Archaeological Society. 1989. North Devon Watermills. North Devon Watermills. A5 Paperback. 36.
SDV341477Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1973. Ordnance Survey 1:10000 map. Map (Paper).
SDV74915Monograph: University of the Third Age. 1995. Watermills in North Devon 1994. Watermills in North Devon 1994. A5 Paperback. 19.
SDV80204Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 23NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV18013Part of: Bottreaux Mill (Monument)
MDV78553Related to: Bottreaux Mill Farmhouse and Stable (Building)
MDV54796Related to: Bottreaux Mill Leat (Monument)
MDV54795Related to: Mill Ponds on Bottreaux Mill Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 19 2010 2:28PM