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HER Number:MDV969
Name:Brightley Mill, Chittlehampton


Brightley Mill was described as ruinous in 1962. All the machinery and the waterwheel have gone, although the millstones survive in the garden of the mill house. The mill itself has now been restored and house converted.


Grid Reference:SS 609 224
Map Sheet:SS62SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishChittlehampton
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHITTLEHAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS62SW/9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

NDAS, Untitled Source, 37-38 (Report - Survey). SDV85182.

The water wheel does not survive but appears to have been about sixteen feet in diameter. The mill, which is by the river Taw, is constructed of stone but the roof has gone. The owner lives in the mill house on the opposite side of the road. According to local information this mill has long been ruined but old people remember it working. Three horses were needed to take the produce of the mill up the hill. Other details: Visited c1974.

Ordnance Survey, 1880s, Ordnance Survey (Cartographic). SDV848.

'Brightley Mill (Corn)' marked on 1880s 25" OS map.

Andrews, J. H. B., 1962, Chittlehampton, 330 (Article in Serial). SDV82648.

Brightley mill is now in a ruinous condition.

University of the Third Age, 1995, Watermills in North Devon 1994, 24-25 (Monograph). SDV74915.

All the machinery and the wheel had been sold before the present owner bought the property. The ruined mill had trees growing through and was covered with ivy but it has been restored and converted into a house. The side wall nearest the railway line has grooves etched into the stonework by the mill wheel, showing the arc of the wheel. The millstones are in the garden of the mill house. Part of the leat remains. Other details: Visited c1994.

Bodman, M., 1998, Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 34 (Report - non-specific). SDV305931.

Other details: 63.

Bodman, M., 2003, Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon, 66 (Report - Interim). SDV325576.

Directory entry for Thomas Gregory, miller, 1850. Other details: Draft Report.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV305931Report - non-specific: Bodman, M.. 1998. Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 34.
SDV325576Report - Interim: Bodman, M.. 2003. Watermills and Other Water-Powered Sites in Devon. A4 Spiral Bound. 66.
SDV74915Monograph: University of the Third Age. 1995. Watermills in North Devon 1994. Watermills in North Devon 1994. A5 Paperback. 24-25.
SDV82648Article in Serial: Andrews, J. H. B.. 1962. Chittlehampton. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 94. A5 Hardback. 330.
SDV848Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. Ordnance Survey. 25".
SDV85182Report - Survey: NDAS. North Devon Watermills. 37-38.

Associated Monuments

MDV71793Related to: Brightley Weir (Monument)
MDV71791Related to: MILL RACE in the Parish of Chittlehampton (Monument)
MDV71792Related to: MILL RACE in the Parish of Chittlehampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 10 2018 12:51PM