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HER Number:MDV7588
Name:Hill Mill Forge, Harberton


A water-powered edge-tool works which worked until at least the 1970s.


Grid Reference:SX 771 569
Map Sheet:SX75NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHarberton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARBERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX75NE/14

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Hill Mill (Edge Tool Foundry) marked. Map object based on this source.

Fielder, M. E., 1934, Old Time Survivals in Devon, 362-3 (Article in Serial). SDV336455.

Hill Mill Forge, a foundry, powered by the River Harbourne. Two waterwheels are in use here to drive the wooden hammer and the fan which takes the place of bellows. It also drives the whetstones for sharpening and polishing the completed tools, power here being supplemented by an engine. One wheel works the blast fan only, the other being harnessed to the main shaft can be worked as a separate unit or in conjunction with the turbine and engine. The hooks, etc are hammered out roughly under the power hammers by the platers and then finished by hand.

Minchinton, W. E., 1973, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 19 (Monograph). SDV7016.

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

A 19th century century edge tool mill which is still a toolmill

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 8.26 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

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

Now converted, marked as The Old Mill. Map object based on this source.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX75NE15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV161345.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV161345Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX75NE15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 8.26.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336455Article in Serial: Fielder, M. E.. 1934. Old Time Survivals in Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 66. A5 Paperback. 362-3.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1973. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 19.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV68775Related to: Hill Mill Leat, Harberton (Monument)
MDV108195Related to: Hill Mill Weir, Harberton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 14 2014 1:39PM