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HER Number:MDV44830
Name:Higher North Mill, Slapton


The watermill is now part of the house and all that remains of its machiney are two millstones on the first floor. A hydro electric generator has been installed, powered by water from the mill leat.


Grid Reference:SX 825 476
Map Sheet:SX84NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSlapton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSLAPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX84NW/37
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 99860

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.

'Higher North Corn Mill' marked on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 133NW (Cartographic). SDV337494.

'Higher North Corn Mill' marked on 1907 6 inch Ordnance Survey map.

Ordnance Survey, 1963, SX84NW (Cartographic). SDV342256.

'Mill' marked on 1963 Ordnance Survey 6 inch map.

Pim, R., 1993, Water Power in the South Hams, 13 (Article in Serial). SDV141019.

Harris, W. B., 1995, Hydro-Electricity in Devon: Past, Present and Future, 286 (Article in Serial). SDV125385.

Privately owned hydro-electirc generator installed at Hansel Higher North Mill using water from a leat to power the crossflow turbine.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 19 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Other details: 6.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 161 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

In a sale notice of 1815 Higher North Mills is described as consisting of a 'mill-house, two water mills, and three pair of stones, with a bunting mill, stabling, and other conveniences'. Other details: Draft.

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

Higher North Mill. Miller's house and water mill, converted into one house. Early to mid 19th century, converted and restored in 20th century. Local slate rubble with red brick window arches. Slate hipped roof over house and gable-ended corrugated iron roof over former mill. Stacks over side walls of house have red brick slafts and slate cowling.
Plan: The house on the left has a double-depth plan with 2 principal rooms at the front with a central entrance between with a staircase at the back and with service rooms behind the front rooms; the partition between the front and back left-hand rooms has be removed. The mill a cross-wing on the right-hand side is now part of the house and the machinery has been taken out.
Exterior: House is 2 storeys, mill 2 storey and attic. The house set back on left has an almost symmetrical 3 window front, the windows and doorway disposed slightly to the left have flat red brick arches and 20th century 16-pane replacement sashes, the first floor centre window is 20th century 12-pane sash. Doorway to left of centre has 19th century panelled on the entrance right of front a small 20th century round window with a corrugatedi-iron canopy over in the angle with the mill. The mill is a projecting gable-ended cross-wing on the right, the central ground floor doorway is now a 20th century casement window, 19th century plank loading door above flanked by 12-pane casements and above in the gable a small pivot window. The right-hand side of the mill has various 20th century casements and a 20th century glazed door.
Interior much altered. The front right-hand room and room behind are now one large room and the chimneypieces have been removed. Some 19th century joinery survives but only the landing balustrade of the staircase is intact. The watermill is now part of the house and all that survives of its machinery are 2 stones on the first floor which is used for storage. Date listed: 25th March 1991.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV125385Article in Serial: Harris, W. B.. 1995. Hydro-Electricity in Devon: Past, Present and Future. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 127. A5 Paperback. 286.
SDV141019Article in Serial: Pim, R.. 1993. Water Power in the South Hams. Kingsbridge History Society Recorder. 9. Unknown. 13.
SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 19.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 161.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337494Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 133NW. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV342256Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963. SX84NW. Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. Map (Paper).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #92292 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV44833Related to: Higher North Corn Mill, Leat (Monument)
MDV44832Related to: River Gara, Weirs (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 19 2010 9:13AM