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HER Number:MDV3078
Name:Bittaford Mill, Ugborough


Bittaford Corn Mill, Ugborough. The remains of this mill stand to the north of Bittaford Bridge. Depicted on the Tithe Map but may be earlier. Ceased operating as a mill sometime between 1898 and 1910 (historic documents are contradictory). Much of the original buildings are now gone and piecemeal extensions have been added to serve as garage space. In 2004 an application was approved to fit a water wheel to the mill, replacing the old wheel removed in the 1940s.


Grid Reference:SX 665 570
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/164

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CORN MILL (XVIII to Edwardian - 1800 AD to 1906 AD)

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

Mill buildings (950) depicted on the Tithe Map but unnamed.

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

The Second Edition map depicts ‘Corn Mill (disused)’ at Bittaford Bridge, which contradicts the Kelly’s Directory reference that the mill was in use in 1910. Map object based on this Source.

Kelly's Directories Limited, 1912, Notice of sale (Unknown). SDV162040.

In 1866, J. Newman was miller. In 1910, J. Coker was miller but by 1914 he was described as a ‘contractor’ and there is no mill listed at Bittaford.
Mill sold in 1912: auctioneer's notice of sale states that the mill was a four-storied building with two pairs of French Stones driven by a powerful overshot water wheel, and fitted with storage bins on the top floor. The buildings comprised stabling for four horses, with a loft over, range of four piggeries etc. At the rear an orchard and very productive garden.

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

Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1974 -1978, Ugborough Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV161354.

Bittaford water mill. Stood on the left bank of the Lud Brook (presumably when facing south) by the lane to West Peek, north of Bittaford Bridge. Said to have been a three-storied building. Last traces removed in mid-20th century.
At one time the mill was known locally as 'Hannaford's Mill' after the owner.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 12.14 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2003 - 2004, 0021/04 (Planning Application). SDV347752.

Planning application granted to fit a new water wheel to Bittaford Mill. Current condition of the mill building is that of a partly derelict ruin, extended for use as garages/storage.
The applicant states that the research undertaken shows the last evidence of the mill working was in 1898 and the water wheel was dismantled and removed in the 1940s after the Second World War. A grainy copy of a photograph thought to date to 1904 shows the old wheel in position (and the mill building still intact with roof).

Google, 2011, Google Maps UK (Website). SDV347751.

Photography dated to approximately 2009 shows the mill building (southern end) adjacent to 'Brooklands' in Bittaford. Remain of a stone building (roof gone) with water wheel visible (this is a replacement - see planning application 2004). Other details: StreetView images.

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

Southern part of the mill buildings appears to be intact. Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV161354Worksheet: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1974 -1978. Ugborough Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV162040Unknown: Kelly's Directories Limited. 1912. Notice of sale. Kelly's Directory of Devon. Unknown.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 12.14.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV347751Website: Google. 2011. Google Maps UK. Digital.
SDV347752Planning Application: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2003 - 2004. 0021/04. Dartmoor National Park Planning Authority. Digital.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV132102Related to: 1-2 Grove Cottages, Bittaford (Building)
MDV2941Related to: 1-2 Ivy Cottage, Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough (Building)
MDV3039Related to: Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2940Related to: Brooklands, Bittaford Bridge, Ugborough (Building)
MDV132104Related to: Grove Villa, Bittaford (Building)
MDV102948Related to: Leat to Bittaford Mill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV80608Related to: Pair of cottages, Bittaford (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 25 2021 1:13PM