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HER Number:MDV8791
Name:Bowden Mill, North Bovey


Late 18th century grist mills are recorded here in documentation. Current buildings are early 19th century and include mill with two adjoining (formerly three) millworkers' cottages.


Grid Reference:SX 272 084
Map Sheet:SX20NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/59
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 85123

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CORN MILL (Built, XVIII to XIX - 1750 AD (Between) to 1850 AD (Between))
  • WORKERS COTTAGE (Built, XIX - 1801 AD (Between) to 1850 AD (Between))

Full description

South West Heritage Trust, 1838-1848, Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments (Cartographic). SDV359954.

Depicted on the Tithe Map.

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

'Bowden Mill' shown on the early 20th century (1906) historic map and on later edition (1963).

Harris, H., 1968, Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor, 211 (Monograph). SDV149229.

Bowden Mill. The mill was last worked at about the end of the last war. Bowden corn mill stands in a very long range of buildings with the wheel still in position between the mill and some out buildings. There is still water in the leat and the machinery inside the mill is preserved.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, 1982, Mills Index (Un-published). SDV12998.

(1965) Mill buildings empty.

Department of Environment, 1987, North Bovey, 141 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV348844.

Bowden Mill and adjoining cottages.
Mill with attached two (formerly three) millworkers' cottages. Circa early 19th century. Granite rubble walls, rendered to mill and left hand cottage. Slate roof with gable ends. Four rendered brick stacks, axial and gable.
Large mill building to one end with water wheel attached at its gable end. Lean-to outbuilding attached to end of single-fronted cottage approached on first floor by external stone steps possibly granary. The mill is 2.5 storeys, the houses are two storeys. Mill has large wooden overshot water wheel attached at left gable end, slightly dilapidated. Windows are single fixed lights of 16 panes.
Interior of mill contains much original machinery and granite mill stones with mechanics for diverting water above the wheel. Approximately 4 metres to north of cottages the mill stream is crossed by a 19th century granite rubble bridge with segmental stone voussoir arch of roughly dressed stones and roughly squared coping stones with swept-out abutments.
See Designation record for full list details.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 39.69 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Bodman, M., 2015, Mills on the Teign. A gazetteer of water-powered sites on the Teign and Bovey and their tributaries, 99-100 (Monograph). SDV360401.

Bowden Mill, North Bovey SX 7243 8403. Leat (partly in culvert) shown on map of the mill. A retaining wall separates the millpond from the river. Grist mills are noted here in 1775. Series of millers in the 18th and 19th century given with some detailed history of the mill, which has two (formerly three) adjoining cottages. Buildings date from the early 19th century. Present owner has restored an overshot waterwheel. Machinery and millstones said to survive at the site and mortar stones have been found downstream from the mill, indicating there was a tin stamping mill here (probably 16th / 17th century).

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Bowden Mill' is shown on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV12998Un-published: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. 1982. Mills Index. Mills Index. A4 Stapled.
SDV149229Monograph: Harris, H.. 1968. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 211.
SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 39.69.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV348844List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. North Bovey. Historic Houses Register. A4 Single Sheet. 141.
SDV359954Cartographic: South West Heritage Trust. 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Maps and Transcribed Apportionments. Tithe Map and Apportionment. Digital.
SDV360401Monograph: Bodman, M.. 2015. Mills on the Teign. A gazetteer of water-powered sites on the Teign and Bovey and their tributaries. Mills on the Teign. A gazetteer of water-powered sites on the Teign and Bovey and their tributaries. Paperback Volume. 99-100.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108883 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV39802Related to: Mill Leat at Bowden Mill, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV39803Related to: Mill Pond at Bowden Mill, North Bovey (Monument)
MDV134805Related to: Tin stamping mill, Bowden Mill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 25 2024 3:43PM