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HER Number:MDV7781
Name:Dart Mills, formerly Kilbury Paper Mill, Buckfastleigh


Kilbury Mill is first documented in 1655. Originally a corn mill, it operated as a paper mill from 1785 until 1940. It was fed by leats off both the Dart and the Mardle. Now known as Dart Mills, the buildings house a range of industrial, warehouse and specialist trades.


Grid Reference:SX 748 660
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBuckfastleigh
Ecclesiastical ParishSTAVERTON
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/5

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • WATERMILL (First mentioned, XVII - 1655 AD to 1655 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

'kilbury paper mill' shown on os 25" (1880s) map as a group of buildings with a 'chimney' marked to the northwest of 'kilbury house'. A leat is shown running northwest to southeast through the site (os).

1963, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310535.

'kilbery paper mill' indicated on os 6" (1904). 'mill' indicated on os 6" (1963) (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310539.

Des=os 6"(1904 with additions in 1938)114se.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310540.

Worth, r. N. /tda/28(1896)333/some devonian items.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310541.

Shorter, a. H. /tda/82(1950)209/paper making industry in devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310542.

Shorter, a. H. /dcnq/23(1947-1949)100/paper mills in devon and cornwall.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310543.

Des=dcc/survey of watermills in devon/(1974)/gazetteer.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310544.

Des=timms, s. /as above/(22/2/1984).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310545.

Chitty/paper in devon/(197?).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310546.

Bodman,m. /water-powered sites in devon/(1998)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310547.

Des=os 25" (1880s).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV310548.

Des=watts,m. /kilbury weir/(17/7/2003)/in pf.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3991.

Kilbury mills, once used for grinding corn (worth). Recently a paper mill until the paper making machinery was removed from the building beside the dart in 1942, after manufacturing ceased. The building now contains a pottery and a fertiliser works (unattributed). Kilbury or dart mill, buckfastleigh. Operated as a paper mill between 1785 and 1940, with a paper making machine.(shorter). Documentary evidence in 1785 cited.(shorter in dcnq). Fed by leats off both the dart and dean burn (timms).

WATTS, Untitled Source (Unspecified Type). SDV81027.

In 1655 there was a dispute concerning william austin who was milling corn at 'kilbury mill'. The implication is that 'kilbury' was either a manorial mill oa a post medieval foundation (watts).

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

Kilbury Paper Mill marked.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 75-6 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Described as a paper mill in advertisements of 1793 and 1820. Bodman cites Hemery's 'Historic Dart', according to which the paper mill, which had a large water wheel and the most up to date machinery of its time, opened in 1785 and worked until 1940, the machinery being removed two years later. An article in the Western Morning News stated that the machinery was shipped to India. The Admiralty took possession of the site during the Second World War but it is now (1950) used by makers of farm implements.

Exeter Archaeology, 2005, An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report, Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. No. 4, 5 (Report - Survey). SDV356906.

Ex. Arch. Nos 4 and 5. Water course: River Mardle, River Dart.
The first mention of this mill is of a dispute involving a (corn) miller William Austin in 1655. A further reference to grist mills in 1744 describes them as also called Austens Mills. A newly-erected paper mill is mentioned in 1753.

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

Dart Mills marked.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV310535Migrated Record: 1963.
SDV310539Migrated Record:
SDV310540Migrated Record:
SDV310541Migrated Record:
SDV310542Migrated Record:
SDV310543Migrated Record:
SDV310544Migrated Record:
SDV310545Migrated Record:
SDV310546Migrated Record:
SDV310547Migrated Record:
SDV310548Migrated Record:
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 75-6.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #104736 ]
SDV356906Report - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2005. An Archaeological Survey of Weirs in the River Dart Catchment. Draft Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. Digital. Appendix 1: Ex. Arch. No. 4, 5.
SDV3991Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV107600Related to: Kilbury Mill Leat 1, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV67712Related to: Kilbury Mill Leat 2, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV107538Related to: Kilbury Weir, Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV107536Related to: Strode Road Bridge Weir, Buckfastleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Oct 9 2014 10:20AM