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HER Number:MDV44438
Name:Fulling Mill at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury


A fulling mill at Kerswell Priory is documented in 1325. Its location is unknown but it is likely to have stood near the site of the present bank barn.


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/5/9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FULLING MILL (First mentioned, XIV - 1325 AD to 1325 AD)

Full description

Watts, S., 18/02/2015, Kerswell Priory Fulling Mill (Personal Comment). SDV357870.

Weddell 1991 also suggests that the wheelpit on the west side of the barn, the site of the priory watermill, was probably longer than it is now, long enough to accommodate two waterwheels in line. If so it is possible that one of the waterwheels drove the corn mill and the other the fulling mill.

Griffiths, D. M., Allan, J. P., Weddell, P. J., 1986/87, Kerswell Priory (Report - Survey). SDV356223.

The 1325 Extent of the priory records a mill, a folaraticum or fulling mill, valued at 3 shillings.

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

A fulling mill is referred to in 1325. A former 3 bay linhay to the east of the watermill appears to have been constructed on the foundations of an earlier larger structure. The southern end has been retained in part as a boundary wall. This may have been the fulling mill, although little evidence for this survives. It would have been supplied from south-east corner of the pond

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

Sources / Further Reading

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.
SDV356223Report - Survey: Griffiths, D. M., Allan, J. P., Weddell, P. J.. 1986/87. Kerswell Priory. Devon Religious Houses Survey. 25. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV357870Personal Comment: Watts, S.. 18/02/2015. Kerswell Priory Fulling Mill.

Associated Monuments

MDV1424Related to: Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Monument)
MDV44437Related to: Watermill at Kerswell Priory, Broadhembury (Building)
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 10:08AM