MDE21574 - Post-medieval mill at Whitefield Barton (Monument)


An overshot wheel was fed by a launder, which in turn received water from a pond. Only the water channel now remains.

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Whitefield Barton mill. All that remains is the arched channel that took the water away. The wheelpit, for an 18 foot diameter wheel, 3 feet 6 inches wide, has been filled in and built over. The wheel was overshot, with a launder for the last 25 yards. The wheel was pond fed, but the present owners have no knowledge of a pond. [1] It is not clear where the wheel pit was situated from the information in [1]; however, the 25 inch 1st and 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps depict a rectangular feature at SS 6779 4177 along the line of a water course that may have been a pond. [2-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1>XY Monograph: University of the Third Age. 1995. Watermills in North Devon 1994. University of the Third Age. A5 Paperback. 112. [Mapped feature: #33863 ]
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1902-1907. County Series, 2nd Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 22 May 2019.



Grid reference SS 6780 4179 (point)
Map sheet SS64SE

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  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 54330
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/106/3

Record last edited

May 22 2019 10:19AM


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