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HER Number:MDV4749
Name:Blachford Saw Mill, Cornwood


Late 19th century saw mill on the Blachford estate; part of a small complex of two-storied buildings. Constructed from rubble stone, the hipped roof of the saw mill is clad in corrugated iron sheet. Mill retains a waterwheel constructed from iron and timber. Was a working saw mill up until the mid 20th century.


Grid Reference:SX 616 600
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/108
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 99253

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SAW MILL (XIX to XX - 1880 AD to 1960 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Saw Mill' depicted on the First Edition Ordnance Survey map (approximately 1880s in date).

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Saw Mill' depicted on the Second Edition Ordnance Survey map (approximately 1905-7 in date).

Ordnance Survey, 1954, Untitled Source (Cartographic). SDV345535.

Mill depicted on map.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 194 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Blachford Mill was used as a saw mill until a few years ago. The over-shot wheel of wood and iron is still in good condition.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

Estate water saw-mill on a tributory of the River Yealm. Circa late 19th century. The saw-mill building is part of a small complex of one and two storeyed buildings. The mill is of two storeys, built of rubble stone with local dressed granite and some pale brickwork dressings, arches and quoins to structural openings. The hipped roof is clad with corrugated iron sheet.
The mill retains an external over- shot waterwheel, of iron and timber construction, 18 feet in diameter by 2 feet 6 inches wide, which carries the name of the founder, PARKIN & SONS, EXETER, and of the millwright, W.LANGLER, BRENT. The wheel is fed by a long timber launder at eaves level. The wheel has an external ring gear bolted to the arms, which drives a layshaft into the building from which belt drives were taken to a secondary shaft and the saw bench. The 'L' shaped group of buildings, the waterwheel and the surviving machinery are contemporaneous, probably all of late 19th century date. Other details: LB UID: 99253.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 194.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345535Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1954. Ordnance Survey 1:10,560 Map. Map (Paper).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #92931 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV80537Related to: Blachford Leat, Cornwood (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 9 2016 10:42AM