HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.

HER Number:MDV74844
Name:Site of waterwheel at Wonham Barton, Bampton


Site of underground waterwheel at Wonham Barton which once powered a threshing machine and other agricultural machinery. The wheel pit survives on the west side of the barn.


Grid Reference:SS 926 220
Map Sheet:SS92SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBampton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref: 96664

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATER WHEEL (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1987, Bampton (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV54005.

Three ranges of farmbuildings at Wonham Barton comprising barn range to west, shippon to north and wing to east. Barn range has a threshing loft with loft access from the rear. There is a very large wheel pit, with an underground water access tunnel to the west of the barn. Other details: LBS No 96664.

Laithwaite, M., 1989, Devon Farmsteads. A Preliminary Survey, 17 (Report - Survey). SDV339847.

Bank barn, formerly served by an underground waterwheel, on west side of yard.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 15 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 145 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Wonham Barton is described as 'newly built' in an advertisement in the Exeter Flying Post in 1864 and comprised a 'farmhouse with first class outbuildings, thrashing machine and wheel driven by water'. A similar advertisement in 1870 states that the farm has a 'thrashing machine and corn bruiser, and chaff cutter worked by water power' and in 1871 an 'apple grinder, corn mill, etc, all propelled by water power'.

Mcmanamon, T., 2009, Mill (Worksheet). SDV343880.

Later 19th century sale adverts indicate that various machinery such as a threshing machine, mill, chaff cutter and apple mill were operated by water power. The wheelpit took an overshot wheel between 24 and 30 feet in diameter but is now much silted up. The waterwheel was totally enclosed by a brick arch but this has now gone. Water from the millpond reached the wheel via a pipe or culvert under the lane.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 15.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 145.
SDV339847Report - Survey: Laithwaite, M.. 1989. Devon Farmsteads. A Preliminary Survey. A4 Stapled + Digital. 17.
SDV343880Worksheet: Mcmanamon, T.. 2009. Mill. Devon County Sites and Monuments Register. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV54005List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Bampton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV41621Part of: Wonham Barton, Bampton (Building)
MDV74769Related to: Barn at Wonham Barton, Bampton (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4341 - Survey of Devon Farmsteads

Date Last Edited:Dec 3 2009 11:59AM