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HER Number:MDV21357
Name:Foxworthy Mill, Lustleigh


The mill house dates to the late 17th or 18th century but the mill itself was rebulit in the early 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 759 818
Map Sheet:SX78SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLustleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishLUSTLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SE/67
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 84595

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Site visited in 1973 (estimate). Foxworthy Mill (Gristmill). L-shaped, the mill forming wing at west end. This is of stone with pantile roof. Overshot wheel remains and is used by the farm for threshing.

2008, Untitled Source (Photograph). SDV347828.

Four colour photographs of the waterwheel mechanism at Foxworthy Mill showing the sluice mechanism, gear wheel, transfer cog and line plus timber bearer. Also images of the fabricated steel bearing mount for wheel shaft and flywheel including 1970s rubber belt. Other details: Sketch plans included.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Foxworthy Mill' depicted on the modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

Foxworthy Mill House and Corn Mill. House late 17th or early 18th century with later additions; mill rebuilt early 20th century. Stone rubble. Corrugated iron roof, formerly thatched. Stone chimneystack on each gable. The west stack is original with thatch weatherings and projecting stone-course forming a cap. The east stack, though it too has thatch weatherings, is later because it replaces a former hip, the timbers of which are still visible in the roof-space. House has a 2-room plan with gable fireplace in the larger west room; to north of fireplace is a rounded stair turret. Abutting the house on the west is the mill building, now in the form of a cross-wing but replacing a much more modest structure.
Two storeys, with added single-storey lean-to. South front has wooden casement windows; north front is largely taken up with the stair turret and lean-to. On west side of the mill is the iron breast-shot water wheel, 12 feet in diameter. Moulded on it is the date 1892 and the name of the maker, C J Reed of Chagford.
Interior: larger room has chamfered upper-floor beam with run-out stops; most of the joists have been renewed, but a few vaguely chamfered original joists remain. Large fireplace has granite jambs and plain wood lintel; oven in the back. Stair now has wooden treads, but 2 granite steps are said to survive underneath. Roof has plain trusses with collars pegged to the face of the principals by one peg and one old nail at each end. Source: picture postcard of the mill, posted in 1907 but probably late 19th century. In possession of the owner. (Description 1955)

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #83095 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347828Photograph: 2008. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 22 2014 9:35AM