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HER Number:MDV37707
Name:Howard's Mill, Kings Nympton


Howards Mill with overshot water wheel in poor condition in 1995


Grid Reference:SS 675 205
Map Sheet:SS62SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKing's Nympton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGS NYMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS62SE/41

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

NDAS, 1989, Untitled Source, 43 (Report - Survey). SDV60152.

Howards Mill or Colley Lake, Kings Nympton. The overshot waterwheel is constructed of cast iron with wooden buckets and placed on the outside of the building. It is 17 feet in diameter by 3 feet 6ins wide. On the periphery of this wheel there are iron cogs which engage a spindle that drives a circular saw. The building is constructed of stone and timber. It has single and double pantiles on the roof, which is sagging in the centre, and oak shingles to the gable. It was formerly used for crushing stone for the park estate roads. Other details: Visited in 1974.

University of the Third Age, 1995, Watermills in North Devon 1994, 61 (Monograph). SDV74915.

Present condition is dangerous with pantiles coming off a sagging roof. The wheel still has some buckets. There is a large pulley wheel on the front outside of the building and a wheel high on the inside wall. Otherwise no machinery is left. A 56ft saw bench, which originally came from America, has been moved to another building and restored for use on the estate. The leat is dry. Other details: Visited 1994.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 34 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Howard's Mill on the River Bray. Other details: 65.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 249-50 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Howard's Mill mentioned in 1812 & 1857. Other details: Draft Report.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 34.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 249-50.
SDV60152Report - Survey: NDAS. 1989. North Devon Watermills. 43.
SDV74915Monograph: University of the Third Age. 1995. Watermills in North Devon 1994. Watermills in North Devon 1994. A5 Paperback. 61.

Associated Monuments

MDV71443Related to: Howard's Mill, Farmhouse (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2018 12:50PM