MDE21141 - 19th Century mill pond northeast of West Hill Plantation (Monument)


A mill pond is marked on historic mapping that appeared to serve Bumsley Mill, situated downstream of the site. It had an associated weir, which is still extant.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The Tithe Map for Parracombe shows the river with no features and the land part of the site as part of a larger field. [1] The 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map depicts and labels a mill pond nestled in the turn of the river, at SS 6551 4560. A weir is sited directly to the south at SS 6550 4558; this presumably feeds the pond. There is a mill further downstream with which it is likely associated (MDE21144, Bumsley Mill), fed by a leat commencing 60 metres downstream of the pond (MDE20641). [2] The pond is not labelled on the 2nd Edition map, although it is depicted as an area of marshy ground. The weir is still shown. [3] The weir is still shown on the 1963 Ordnance Survey map, and on modern MasterMap data. [4,5] Upstream of the take-off point for the leat from the Heddon River it is reported that there was a mill pond and this would be logical, but this pond was not evident in 1952 when the area was overgrown with scrub and trees. [6] 2020 MasterMap data shows a pond sited to the west of the original pond. The original pond is not shown, but its general extent is shown as a similarly enclosed space and the weir is still extant. [7]

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <1> Map: 1839. Parracombe Tithe Map and Apportionment.
  • <2>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. [Mapped feature: #43866 ]
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1963. 6 Inch Map: 1963.
  • <5> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Hutchins, J.. 2020. MDE21144 - Bumsley Mill (Monument). p2.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap data. 1:2,500.



Grid reference Centred SS 6551 4560 (40m by 52m) (Historic mapping)
Map sheet SS64NE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 31428
  • Devon SMR: SS64NE/94

Record last edited

Oct 21 2020 10:15AM


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