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HER Number:MDV48926
Name:Old Woollen factory in Horrabridge


A former woollen mill situated on the Sampford Spiney road below Foxhams was demolished some years ago, and the premises were subsequently used as a sawmill. May have originally been the site of a corn mill, this site became a woollen factory in around 1850.


Grid Reference:SX 516 699
Map Sheet:SX56NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHorrabridge
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSAMPFORD SPINEY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NW/181

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WOOLLEN MILL (XIX to XX - 1850 AD to 1907 AD (Between))

Full description

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

'Factory premises' including mill meadow depicted on the Tithe Map (20, 30 and 30a etc. on the Sampford Spiney apportionment).

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

'Old Factory' indicated on the late 19th century historic map.

Ordnance Survey, 1950-1954, Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV350147.

'Old Factory' still depicted on the 1950s Ordnance Survey map.

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

A former woollen mill situated on the Sampford Spiney road below Foxhams was demolished some years ago, and the premises were subsequently used as a sawmill. A house near the site known as factory house was presumably the residence of someone connected with the woollen business.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2011, Horrabridge Conservation Area Character Appraisal, 6 (Report - Assessment). SDV356814.

Water power via leats from the River Walkham serviced various mills in the village from as early as the 14th century through to the late 20th century. Most of these were originally grist (corn) mills although, in about 1850, one became a woollen factory being engaged in the cloth trade.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 199.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93359 ]
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV350147Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1950-1954. Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Map. Digital.
SDV356814Report - Assessment: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2011. Horrabridge Conservation Area Character Appraisal. Dartmoor National Park Authority Report. Digital. 6.

Associated Monuments

MDV107286Related to: Leat from River Walkham to factory on east side of Horrabridge (Monument)
MDV119591Related to: Sampford Terrace, Horrabridge (Building)
MDV48925Related to: Sawmill in old factory site, Horrabridge (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 19 2018 2:36PM