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HER Number:MDV6205
Name:Holy Street Mill, Chagford


Mill with walls of stone and a thatched roof, is probably of 18th century date but stands on an ancient mill site. It was formerly a corn mill. The water wheel was rebuilt in 1949 and was used in the production of hydro-electricity for the house nearby.


Grid Reference:SX 689 878
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/85
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MILL (Founded, X to XVII - 1000 AD? to 1700 AD (Between))
  • CORN MILL (Built, XVII to XVIII - 1700 AD to 1799 AD (Between))
  • WATERMILL (XX to Unknown - 1949 AD (Post))

Full description

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

Marked as 'Holy Street Corn Mill' on 1880s-1890s 25 inch Ordnance Survey map.

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 192 (Monograph). SDV149229.

The beautiful Holy Street Mill, with walls of stone and a thatched roof, dates from the late 11th century and was formerly a corn mill. The water wheel was rebuilt in 1949 and has been used in the production of hydro-electricity for the house nearby; though not at present used it is still in working order. Water from the River Teign supplies the leat.

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

Corn mill dating to the 18th century or earlier. Building of stone with a thatched roof. Formerly two storeyed, now single storey. Original water wheel has gone. Recent water wheel of iron with wooden paddles and metal cap. Overshot launder intact. Sluices appear in good order. Mill pool and dam.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, 1982, Mills Index (Un-published). SDV12998.

Site visit 1965. Waterwheel in working order.

Department of Environment, 1987, Chagford, 37 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV350463.

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

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 39.41 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 283 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Reference to "All those MILLS called HOLY STREET MILLS" in Exeter Flying Post, 13/03/1851. Other details: Draft Report.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

CHAGFORD - SX 68 NE - 3/44 - Mill House - GV II
Mill. Probably C18 on ancient mill site, reorganised in 1913-14. Roughly coursed blocks of granite rubble; thatch roof.
Plan: the mill is built across a slope and terraced into it facing east towards the River Teign. The leat passes the right (north) end where it feeds an overshot water wheel. A brick crosswall divides off a small left (south) room. Single storey.
Exterior: irregular two-window front of small C20 casements with glazing bars. The doorway is set a little left (south) of centre and contains a C20 door. (There is a loading hatch in the rear wall directly opposite). At the right end there is a vertical slot, presumably associated with some missing machinery. Roof is gable-ended. Both gables are weatherboarded and contain C20 casements, one containing rectangular panes of leaded glass. The iron wheel is C20.
Interior refurbished in C20 but the roof is older and comprises A-frame trusses with pegged and spiked lap-jointed collars. The original machinery has been removed although the wheel is still workable.
Mill House, the stables (q.v.) and coach house (q.v.) form an attractive group of listed buildings associated with Holystreet Mill (q.v.), a group located in an exceptionally picturesque valley.
This entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 26 June 2018.

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.
SDV12998Un-published: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. 1982. Mills Index. Mills Index. A4 Stapled.
SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 192.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 39.41.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 283.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96921 ]
SDV350463List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Chagford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Bound. 37.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV33332Related to: Coach House, Holy Street Manor, Chagford (Building)
MDV107152Related to: Holy Street Farm, Chagford (Monument)
MDV33333Related to: Holy Street Manor, Chagford (Building)
MDV33331Related to: Stable Block, Holy Street Manor, Chagford (Building)
MDV102792Related to: Weir north of Holy Street Manor, Chagford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV1537 - Unnamed Event

Date Last Edited:Jun 29 2018 3:44PM