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HER Number:MDV67037
Name:Taw Mill, Winkleigh


Taw Mill is described as a grist mill with three pairs of stones in 1866. The mill building no longer appears extant although the thatched millhouse is still standing.


Grid Reference:SS 667 062
Map Sheet:SS60NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWinkleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishWINKLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS60NE/73

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Taw Mill marked. Two occupied buildings are shown in red, presumably the mill alongside the leat and the millhouse on its north side.

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

Taw Mills (Corn) marked, comprising the main mill building alongside the leat with the millhouse adjoining with two further ranges of buildings to the north-east and a smaller range also alongside the leat on the othr side of the entranceway.

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

Taw Mills (Corn) marked.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1932, The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two, 375 (Monograph). SDV337894.

There is a documentary reference to Wyk Tammill in 1303. It is suggested that Tammill may be a scribal or transcriptional error to Taumill, that is the mill by the River Taw.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 264 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Reference to 'all that Messuage and Tenement called "TAW MILL" consisting of a grist mill with three pairs of mill stones, a dwelling house and farm buildings' with 'good arable, pasture and orchard land in the occupation of Mr. Luxton', in auction notice in Exeter Flying Post, 15/08/1866. Other details: Draft Report.

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

Taw Mill marked. Comparison between this and the 19th and early 20th century mapping shows the mill building alongside the leat to have gone, and also the range to the north-east of the millhouse while the millhouse itself has been extended.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Taw Mills. House. Probably circa mid C17 with C18, and C20 additions. Plastered cob walls. Thatch roof gabled to front range, hipped to rear wing. 2 brick stacks, one at left gable-end and one axial. Plan: originally 2-room plan, both heated by gable-end fireplaces. Unheated C18 wing added at rear. Probably in the C19 the house was extended by 1 unheated room at the right-hand end. C20 rear addition to right of C18 wing. Exterior: 2 storeys. Asymmetrical 3-window front of later C20 1 and 2-light casements without glazing bars. C20 stable type door in addition at right-hand end. Interior: inaccessible at time of survey but seen to contain chamfered ceiling beams, other features such as open fireplaces and early roof timbers may also survive.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 264.
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).
SDV337894Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1932. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. The Place-Names of Devon: Part Two. IX. A5 Hardback. 375.
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.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV64050Related to: BEE BOLE in the Parish of Winkleigh (Monument)
MDV67038Related to: Taw Mill Leat, Winkleigh (Monument)
MDV106432Related to: Tawmill Weir (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 12 2014 12:46PM