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HER Number:MDV37665
Name:High Bray, Bray Mill


Mill building with the breastshot water wheel surviving.


Grid Reference:SS 689 347
Map Sheet:SS63SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBrayford
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHIGH BRAY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS63SE/100

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880s, Ordnance Survey (Cartographic). SDV848.

'Bray Mill (corn)' on OS 25" (1880s) map at SS68923478.

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 10SE (Cartographic). SDV335638.

Ordnance Survey, 1905, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV124124.

North Braymill and South Braymill at SS68983475 on OS 25" (1905) map.

NDAS, 1974, Untitled Source, 37 (Report - Survey). SDV75407.

At NGR SS692343 Bray Mill, High Bray. The breastshot water wheel survives. It is 11 ft in diameter and 4 ft 4 ins wide with wooden buckets. There is no other machinery on the site. The mill building is constructed of stone with slate roof. The leat is 6 ft wide and 4 ft deep. It was a grist mill which last worked in 1960.

NDAS, 1989, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV75408.

The buildings look in good condition.

Richards, A., 1994, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV75410.

Could be two different locations.

University of the Third Age, 1995, Watermills in North Devon 1994, 23 (Monograph). SDV74915.

The mill building is below a barn, now used as a milking parlour. The mill wheel has been given away but some machinery remains. This was a dual-purpose mill, used as both sawmill and corn mill. The leat is a trickle of water.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124124Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 25".
SDV335638Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 10SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV74915Monograph: University of the Third Age. 1995. Watermills in North Devon 1994. Watermills in North Devon 1994. A5 Paperback. 23.
SDV75407Report - Survey: NDAS. 1974. North Devon Watermills. 37.
SDV75408Site Visit: NDAS. 1989.
SDV75410Personal Comment: Richards, A.. 1994.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".

Associated Monuments

MDV74487Related to: Sluice gate at head of leat to Bray Mill, Brayford (Monument)
MDV74488Related to: Weir at head of leat to Bray Mill, Brayford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV113 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV114 - Watermills in North Devon 1994
  • EDV115 - Unnamed Event

Date Last Edited:Sep 5 2008 2:46PM