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HER Number:MDV29505
Name:Bradley Mill, Newton Abbot

Summary

Bradley Mill known to have been operating between 1790 and 1972. It was burnt down and rebuilt at least four times. The site probably occupies that of a medieval mill attached to Bradley Manor.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 852 710
Map Sheet:SX87SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNewton Abbot
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHIGHWEEK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX87SE/104

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

'Bradley Mill (Fellmongery)' shown on 19th century map with an 'Engine House' and buildings on both sides of the leat running southwest to rejoin the River Lemon.


Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Bradley Mill had extended to the north, west and south by the beginning of the 20th century.


Ordnance Survey, 1938, 109SE. Revision of 1932/1933 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition (Cartographic). SDV336785.


Shorter, A. H., 1938 - 1939, Paper Mills in Devon, 35 (Article in Serial). SDV85082.


Shorter, A. H., 1947, Paper Mills in Devon and Cornwall, 101 (Article in Serial). SDV85084.

The mill is mentioned in deeds relating to the water rights of the mill in 1790.


Shorter, A. H., 1950, The Historical Geography of the Paper Making Industry in Devon, 1684-1950, 209 (Article in Serial). SDV122239.

Bradley Mill. Known to have been operating between 1790and 1848.


Ordnance Survey, 1969, SX87SE (Cartographic). SDV338231.

'Mill' shown on 1969 map as a complex of large buildings on the north side of the River Lemon.


Ordnance Survey, 1972, SX8471-8571 (Cartographic). SDV338232.


Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 136 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

Bradley Mill was a paper mill in the post medieval period but probably occupied the site of a medieval mill serving Bradley Manor.


Woolner, D., 1978, Bradley Devon, 8 (Pamphlet). SDV338230.


Jones, R., 1979, A Book of Newton Abbot, 11, 41-3 (Monograph). SDV338229.

Bradley Mills were rebuilt in 1833 and destroyed by fire in 1882. The present factory bears plaque 'J. V. and S. rebuilt 1883'. The initials stand for John Vicary and Sons, which had interests in leather and wool. Some details of the firm and family history are given.


Weddell, P. J., 1985, The Excavation of Medieval and Later Houses at Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot, 77-103, Figure 1 (Article in Serial). SDV338225.

The Borough of Newton Bushel possessed a mill at Bradley by the 14th century.


Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 40. No 85 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.


Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 275 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Bradley Mill in Newton Abbot mentioned between 1661-1889. Bradley Mill is mentioned as a paper mill in 1790 and in 1791 included a millhouse, four mills and associated offices in Highweek parish. The paper mills in Newton Bushel were destroyed by fire in 1793. The paper mills were rebuilt in 1833 and in 1842 included a walled graden and three dwellings. The mills were burnt down again in 1860 when John Vicary bought the ruined Bickford Paper Mills in Bradley Lane and rebuilt them. In 1882 the mill burnt down for the third time and were again rebuilt by John Vicary and his sons. In 1921 the mill was again destroyed by fire and rebuilt. The mills finally closed in 1972.


Oakey, N. J., 2004, Bradley Lane, Newton Abbot: Desk Based Assessment, 18 (Report - Assessment). SDV338211.

It has been suggested that Bradley Mills were a successor to a medieval corn or fulling mill belonging to Bradley Manor using water diverted from the River Lemon.


Timms, S. C., Unknown, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV338227.

It is probable that this mill site was established in the Middle Ages as a corn or fulling mill in the ownership of Bradley Manor. The leat was certainly in existence in the Middle Ages and both Jones and Woolner suggest a similar date for Bradley Mill.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV122239Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1950. The Historical Geography of the Paper Making Industry in Devon, 1684-1950. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 82. A5 Hardback. 209.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 40. No 85.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 275.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336785Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1938. 109SE. Revision of 1932/1933 with additions in 1938. Provisional Edition. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV338211Report - Assessment: Oakey, N. J.. 2004. Bradley Lane, Newton Abbot: Desk Based Assessment. Archaeological Investigations Ltd. 646. A4 Stapled + Digital. 18.
SDV338225Article in Serial: Weddell, P. J.. 1985. The Excavation of Medieval and Later Houses at Wolborough Street, Newton Abbot. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 43. Paperback Volume. 77-103, Figure 1.
SDV338227Personal Comment: Timms, S. C.. Unknown.
SDV338229Monograph: Jones, R.. 1979. A Book of Newton Abbot. A Book of Newton Abbot. Unknown. 11, 41-3.
SDV338230Pamphlet: Woolner, D.. 1978. Bradley Devon. National Trust Guidebook. Unknown. 8.
SDV338231Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1969. SX87SE. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV338232Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1972. SX8471-8571. Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 136.
SDV85082Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1938 - 1939. Paper Mills in Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 20. Unknown. 35.
SDV85084Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1947. Paper Mills in Devon and Cornwall. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 23.4. Unknown. 101.

Associated Monuments

MDV21324Related to: Leats in Newton Abbot (Monument)
MDV42006Related to: Sherborne Mill, Newton Abbot (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4206 - Bradley Lane Assessment

Date Last Edited:Nov 12 2014 3:00PM