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HER Number:MDV4734
Name:Phoenix Mill, Horrabridge

Summary

Phoenix mill was built in 1793, and was for a short time a paper mill. In the 20th century it was used as a corn store and flour mill, but the firm who occupied it in the mid 20th century had moved away by the late 1960s. The water wheel no longer remains, but the leat is still there. Building said to have been gutted by fire in the 1970s. Not clear whether any of the former buildings still remain.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 514 694
Map Sheet:SX56NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHorrabridge
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of 19th century Walkhampton Consols Mine, as well as mill leat to Phoenix Mill, Horrabridge

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NW/48
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PAPER MILL (XVIII - 1794 AD to 1795 AD (Between))
  • CORN MILL (XIX to XX - 1815 AD to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Phoenix Mill depicted on the Tithe Map, 1 and 2 on the Walkhampton apportionment.


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

Phoenix Mill (Corn) depicted on the late 19th century historic map.


Shorter, A. H., 1947 - 1949, A Classification of Old Mills in Devon and Cornwall, 278 (Article in Serial). SDV102853.

At the Phoenix Mill a bunt - or dressing-mill for getting rid of smut in corn is mentioned in 1819.


Shorter, A. H., 1950, Paper making industry in Devon, 207 (Article in Serial). SDV262638.

Phoenix Mill, near Horrabridge, operated as a paper mill between 1794 and 1795.


Shorter, A. H., 1950-1951, Machinery in the Phoenix Corn Mills, Horrabridge, 19 (Article in Serial). SDV262643.

A fuller description of the 1819 machinery is given, it is described as nearly new.


Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 199 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Phoenix mill was built in 1793, and was for a short time a paper mill. More recently it has been used as a corn store and flour mill, but the firm which recently occupied it has moved to another depot. The water wheel no longer remains, but the leat is still there.


Devon County Council, 1974, Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer (Report - Survey). SDV83967.

The building has been gutted by fire (Estimated 1973).


Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 32.76 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Unclear whether Phoenix Mill Cottage depicted on the modern mapping is in fact one of the old mill buildings, or a modern replacement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV102853Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1947 - 1949. A Classification of Old Mills in Devon and Cornwall. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 23. Unknown. 278.
SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 199.
SDV262638Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1950. Paper making industry in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 82. Unknown. 207.
SDV262643Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1950-1951. Machinery in the Phoenix Corn Mills, Horrabridge. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 24. Unknown. 19.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 32.76.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #92905 ]
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV48919Related to: Bridge, Youlden Way, Horrabridge (Monument)
MDV25912Related to: Mill leat from River Walkham to Phoenix Mill, Horrabridge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 15 2018 3:00PM