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HER Number:MDV35301
Name:Lower Westown Mill, Hemyock


Former corn mill built circa 1813. Now converted.


Grid Reference:ST 121 137
Map Sheet:ST11SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHemyock
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHEMYOCK

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST11SW/52

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (Built, XIX - 1813 AD? to 1813 AD?)

Full description

1906, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV36940.

'corn mill' shown on os 6" (1906) map.

1968, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV36941.

Building shown but not marked on os 6" (1968) map.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV36943.

Des=os 6"(1906)47nw.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV36944.

Des=os 6"(1968).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV36945.

Bodman, m. /water-powered sites in devon/(1998)6 no 28/in smr.

Watts, S., 15/07/2015, Lower Westown Mill (Personal Comment). SDV358751.

Site visit 26th May 2015. The mill is now converted and nothing of the machinery or waterwheel remains. However, the wheelpit is still extant.

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

Corn Mill marked.

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

Lower west town mill (bodman).

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 52-3 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Noted as 'lately erected' in an advert in the Sherborne Mercury in 1813. Also advertised to let in 1815 and 1816. Following Farrant's bankruptcy Lower West Town was sold including 'a good WATER GRIST MILL, which has command of a constant supply of Water from the river Culm…' In 1853 the mill is described as having two pairs of stones and also driving a threshing machine and apple mill.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Watts, M., June 2015, Linhay at Lower Westown, Hemyock, Devon (Report - Survey). SDV358747.

The watermill at Lower Westown appears to have been newly-built in about 1813, the property being advertised to let as '... an excellent set of Water Grist Mills, lately erected…' in November 1813. It was still to let a year later when described as 'all those newly erected Grist and Flour Mills…' It was still to let in 1816 and in 1817 the owner, John Farrant was declared bankrupt. It is suggested that the mill was built perhaps has a speculative venture during the Naploeonic Wars and that the failure to let it during the slump after the wars may have over-stretched Mr. Farrant's resources.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 52-3.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #88498 ]
SDV358747Report - Survey: Watts, M.. June 2015. Linhay at Lower Westown, Hemyock, Devon. Martin Watts Report. LWL254. Digital.
SDV358751Personal Comment: Watts, S.. 15/07/2015. Lower Westown Mill.
SDV36940Migrated Record: 1906.
SDV36941Migrated Record: 1968.
SDV36943Migrated Record:
SDV36944Migrated Record:
SDV36945Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV112782Part of: Lower Westown, Hemyock (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 15 2015 1:04PM