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HER Number:MDV37673
Name:Buckland Mill


Former watermill, now converted to holiday cottages. The overshot water wheel and machinery have gone and the millstones are now at Buckland House.


Grid Reference:SS 486 377
Map Sheet:SS43NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBraunton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRAUNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS43NE/231

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (Post Medieval to XXI - 1540 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1905, 8SE (Cartographic). SDV17296.

'Buckland Mill (disused)' shown.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, Ordnance Survey 6 inch map (Cartographic). SDV166087.

'Buckland Mill' shown.

North Devon Archaeological Society, 1989, North Devon Watermills, 38 (Monograph). SDV337776.

Visited in 1974. The overshot water wheel and the machinery have gone, and the millstones are now at Buckland House. The mill building, 42 feet by 24 feet, is constructed of stone with a slate roof. It is now used as two cottages and is in good repair. It was formerly a grist and flour mill, but was last used to grind fish meal. Water from the River Caen entered an 8 feet wide leat at Knowle, which has now silted up. The mill was built as a corn mill in about 1835 - 1840. A track was built through the mill owner's woods to avoid a toll. This track was removed when the railway was built. The wheel ceased to operate in the 1880s, but survived to about 1914. The building was in reasonable condition when visited again in 1989.

University of the Third Age, 1995, Watermills in North Devon 1994, 26 (Monograph). SDV74915.

Visited in 1994. No machinery remains.The mill building is now used as two cottages for summer lets.There is a wall (now part of a lean-to) parallel to one end of the building.The wheel axle was supported between these walls.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 33 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Other details: Site 3.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 238 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Documentary evidence for a mill at Buckland from later 17th century, when it was also known as 'Wood Mill'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166087Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV17296Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 8SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 33.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 238.
SDV337776Monograph: North Devon Archaeological Society. 1989. North Devon Watermills. North Devon Watermills. A5 Paperback. 38.
SDV74915Monograph: University of the Third Age. 1995. Watermills in North Devon 1994. Watermills in North Devon 1994. A5 Paperback. 26.

Associated Monuments

MDV44057Related to: Buckland Fishery (Monument)
MDV11860Related to: Buckland Manor (Building)
MDV31793Related to: Buckland Mill Fishponds (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 27 2012 4:40PM