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HER Number:MDV8259
Name:Rushford Corn Mill, Chagford

Summary

Rushford Corn Mill is thought to date to the 15th century and was still grinding corn up to 1947. The buildings are now used for agricultural purposes but the leat is still flowing.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 706 884
Map Sheet:SX78NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NW/29

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CORN MILL (First mentioned, XV - 1401 AD to 1499 AD (Between))

Full description

1840, Tithe Map (Cartographic). SDV339770.

Rushford Mill depicted on the Tithe Map of approximately 1840

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 193 (Monograph). SDV149229.

The old buildings of Rushford Mill are now (1968) used for agricultural purposes, though corn was ground there until 1947. The wheel is no longer in position, its wooden parts having been used to strengthen the river banks. Stepping stones across the river were formerly used by men carrying sacks of corn to the mill from a nearby threshing place. The leat still carries water.

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

Mill visited in 1973 (estimated). 18th century gristmill. Is at present a farm. Building of ashlar with slate roof. Three blocks. Part of lower breast shot wheel survives. 4.27 by 0.91 meters. Wooden paddles.

Hayter-Hames, J., 1981, A History of Chagford, 16, 19, 77, 85, 97, 105, 121, 127 (Monograph). SDV363357.

Rushford Mill was the original mill for the Manor of Rushford and is thought to date to the 15th century (considerably altered since this time). The stepping stones beside it probably pre-dated Rushford Bridge as a means of crossing the River Teign.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 39.38 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.), 2000, Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4, 35 (Monograph). SDV339713.

Mentioned in passing by Swete in his tour of Dartmoor in 1797.

Dartmoor Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2010, Dartmoor Trust Leats Project 2009-2010 (Report - Survey). SDV347530.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 193.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 39.38.
SDV339713Monograph: Swete, J. (ed. Gray T. + Rowe, M.). 2000. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete. Vol. 4. Travels in Georgian Devon. The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Sw. 4. Hardback Volume. 35.
SDV339770Cartographic: 1840. Tithe Map. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Map (Paper).
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108275 ]
SDV347530Report - Survey: Dartmoor Trust and Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2010. Dartmoor Trust Leats Project 2009-2010. Dartmoor Trust. Digital.
SDV83967Report - Survey: Devon County Council. 1974. Survey of Watermills in Devon: Gazetteer. Devon County Council Report. Unknown. A4 Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV8262Related to: Batworthy Mill, Chagford (Building)
MDV39792Related to: Rushford Mill Leat, Chagford (Monument)
MDV102775Related to: Weir 530 metres west of Rushford Bridge, Chagford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 29 2019 10:04AM