MEM22224 - Millwheel Gallery, High Street, Porlock (Building)


It is suggested that this building was the town mill, rebuilt in 1898 to produce electricity for the Tannery.

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The town mill was rebuilt in 1898 to produce electricity for the Tannery. Now the Mill Wheel Gallery, once the Manor or Town Mill. The 20 customary tenants of 1306 were bound by agreement to clean out the mill pond on Hockday (second Tuesday after Easter). In the bailiff's rolls of 1419-26 Lady Harrington had to spend much money to keep the mill in repair. [1] The Porlock electricity generating mill was built on the site of another mill demolished in 1896. In operation between 1909 and 1929. Powered a dynamo in conjunction with Hawkcombe Mill. Supply was by bare copper wire to which the houses clipped on. Overshot wheel by Garnish and Lemon, Barnstaple. Was 15 feet in diameter, 3 feet 17.5 inches wide with 48 "u" buckets. [2] Recorded by NRIM. Photos available. [3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Monograph: Corner, Dennis. 1992. Porlock in Those Days. Exmoor Books. p21, 90.
  • <2> Unassigned: Warren, D. 02.12.77. Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society.
  • <3> Archive: Council for British Archaeology. 1963 - 1980. National Record of Industrial Monuments. 128319, Recorded by MT Tucker, April 1969.
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1127274, Extant 10 February 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 8856 4669 (10m by 13m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS84NE

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  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 NE25
  • NBR Index Number: NRI01
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1127274
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33920

Record last edited

Feb 10 2022 12:33PM


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