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HER Number:MDV6027
Name:Jordan Mill, Widecombe in the Moor


Dewdon or Jordan Mill; probably dates back to the 15th century. Closed in 1930s. Now a dwelling house.


Grid Reference:SX 699 750
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/47

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CORN MILL (XIV to World War II - 1400 AD to 1939 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Jordan Mill house and yard, no 1620.

Fielder, M. E., 1934, Old Time Survivals in Devon, 361 (Article in Serial). SDV336455.

One hopper contains an old monolithic millstone, the other a french composite millstone. Fore part of mill formerly a woollen mill. Traces of its waterwheel remain. Cattle cake and pig feed now made here.

Linehan, C. D., 1962, A forgotten Manor at Widecombe in the Moor, 474 (Article in Serial). SDV288170.

Jordan first appears as a name in deeds of 1603 when the mills were sold. A tucking mill and a grist mill. Two small meadows still called Rack Meadow and Rack Park Meadow. Two wheels remained in use until the mill closed down in the 1930s.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 226 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Jordan mill, a one time corn mill on the West Webburn, probably dating from the 15th century and last used in the early 1920s. It is now charmingly converted into a dwelling house. Some old grinding stones are incorporated in the crazy paving in the garden, and an old wooden wheelaxle with iron straps is in use as a gatepost by the bridge over the stream, the leat is traceable upstream.

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

(Visited in 1973 - estimate) 15th century gristmill. Machinery dismantled and destroyed. Leat diverted.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol V 912 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

(Visited 11/7/1979 and 13/7/1979) The mill deeds go back to Elizabethan times. The path of the leat is still visible right up to where it was taken off the West Webburn some 600 metres upstream. There are two slotted boulders set in the channel here to hold a sluice gate. There are two mill stones set in the pavement outside the front door of the mill. It is no longer in action but according to the owner the machinery was still in place on his arrival in 1947. The present owner buried the wheel under what was the wheel pit. The mill had been working apparently not long before he came, but the building then was almost a ruin.

Exeter Archaeology, 2005, An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report, Appendix 2: No. 29 (Report - Survey). SDV356906.

Jordan Mill has documentary references dating back to the 17th century.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 226.
SDV288170Article in Serial: Linehan, C. D.. 1962. A forgotten Manor at Widecombe in the Moor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 94. Unknown. 474.
SDV336455Article in Serial: Fielder, M. E.. 1934. Old Time Survivals in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 66. A5 Paperback. 361.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. Vol V 912.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96553 ]
SDV356906Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2005. An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. Digital. Appendix 2: No. 29.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV30099Related to: Cottage near Jordan's Mill, Widecombe in the Moor (Building)
MDV110054Related to: Jordan Mill Weir, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV110055Related to: Leat to Jordan Mill, Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6538 - Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment

Date Last Edited:Feb 24 2015 2:40PM