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HER Number:MDV44437
Name:Watermill at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury


The priory watermill mentioned in a document of 1325 is likely to have stood on the site of the present bank barn which has a wheelpit at its western end.


Grid Reference:ST 073 063
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBroadhembury
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBROADHEMBURY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST00NE/5/8
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 87084

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (First mentioned, XIV - 1325 AD to 1325 AD)

Full description

Department of Environment, 1989, Broadhembury, 62 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV340167.

Weddell, P. J., 1991, An Archaeological Assessment of Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Report - Assessment). SDV340329.

The site of the watermill referred to in 1325 is most likely to have been the stone building at above grid reference. This building is shown on the 1840 Tithe Map and the 1889 25 inch Ordnance Survey map. It has the remains of a wheelpit on its west side, which is considerably lower than the present ground surface. The building is primarily of stone, with the upper part in brick. Superficial examination did not permit dating. The upper storey is entered from existing ground level (from the top of the dam). Both the north and south extensions are of recent date. The wheelpit was probably longer than the surviving building, probably extending about 15 metres from the dam. This could have accommodated two water wheels in line. A possible platform observed behind the existing building may indicate the position of an additional structure for the second wheel. The wheelpit would have been served by a leat from the pond which is now buried.

Allan, J. + Young, G., 2006, The Refectory Range of Kerswell Priory, 175 (Article in Serial). SDV344658.

English Heritage, 2010, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV154869.

Bank barn about 50 metres south-west of Kerswell Priory. Probably 18th or early 19th century. Hand made brick on stone plinth; stale roof, gabled at ends.
Plan: rectangular on plan, built into the slope of the land with an entrance to the first floor on the north side.
Exterior: the north side has a large central entrance with paired doors and a timber lintel.
Interior: not inspected. The barn is sited overlooking the pond at Kerswell Priory, group value with the house. Date listed: 27th January 1989.

English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV340167List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1989. Broadhembury. Historic Houses Register. Website. 62.
SDV340329Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J.. 1991. An Archaeological Assessment of Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Field Investigation. 91.41. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV344658Article in Serial: Allan, J. + Young, G.. 2006. The Refectory Range of Kerswell Priory. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 64. Paperback Volume. 175.
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV44449Related to: Bank Barn at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Building)
MDV44438Related to: Fulling Mill at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Building)
MDV1424Related to: Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Monument)
MDV44443Related to: MILL POND in the Parish of Broadhembury (Monument)
MDV44444Related to: MILL POND in the Parish of Broadhembury (Monument)
MDV109872Related to: Wheelpit adjacent to Bank Barn at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4742 - Archaeological Survey and Assessment at Kerswell Priory

Date Last Edited:Feb 18 2015 9:44AM