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HER Number:MDV40836
Name:Rashleigh Mill, Wembworthy


Late 19th century watermill that formerly ground wheat and barley. Three storey rubble stone building under slate roof. Mill machinery complete with waterwheel.


Grid Reference:SS 663 132
Map Sheet:SS61SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWembworthy
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWEMBWORTHY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS61SE/83
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Rashleigh Mills (Corn)' marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map. A rectangular building over the water course with a by-pass channel around.

Department of Environment, 1986, Wembworthy, 51 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV339663.

Rashleigh mill. Wheat and barley mill. Late C19. Exposed stone rubble; slate roof, said to have originally been thatch. Gable-ended 3-storey block with south-facing gable front containing first floor plank door to right with external wooden steps and porch now with corrugated iron roof, and at gable projecting timber loading hatch. The right (eastern) side has door to ground floor and C19 casement with glazing bars to first floor.
Interior: the south end is built over now-disused leat and still contains the cast-iron water wheel with timber shutters. The ground floor has the gearing. The first floor has the complete mill machinery complete with mill stones and includes a silk flour sieve. Structure has plain carpentry detail. Roof not inspected.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 35 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Rashleigh Mill on the River Taw. Other details: No 116.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 261-2 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Documentary reference to 'Rashly Mills' in 1825. Mill worked until c1938. Grain, including Prussian barley came from Exmouth. Barley meal was ground at the mill and many pigs used to be kept there. Breastshot wheel c15ft diameter by 5ft wide with timber shaft and paddles and thin iron ring. Machinery said to survive. Leat now dry.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 35.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 261-2.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339663List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1986. Wembworthy. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 51.

Associated Monuments

MDV74029Related to: Leat to Rashleigh Mill, Wembworthy (Monument)
MDV74030Related to: Rashleigh Weir on River Taw (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 1 2007 10:39AM