MEM24834 - Post-medieval water wheel at Voley Farm (Monument)


An overshot water wheel existed in operable condition at the site until World War Two. Associated machinery was removed from the site in the early 1990s.

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Full Description

The site included an overshot water wheel, which was in operable condition until after World War Two. The internal machinery associated with this was removed during the conversion of the associated farm buildings in the early 1990s. A leat that served the wheel via a storage pond is still visible on satellite images. [1] A water course is shown on 2018 MasterMap data approaching the farmstead from the east, running along the northern side of the site (along the road) and then heading south once it had cleared the western end of the farmstead, running into the river below. It seems likely that this was the leat for the water wheel. [2] The leat is shown on the 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map for the site, although it is unlabelled. It is possible that the possible horse engine attached to the farm buildings at SS 6418 4593 may have been providing the main power source for farm machinery by this time (see MEM23097). It is not clear if this was located in the same building as the water wheel machinery. [3,4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Taylor, P.. 2020. Online HER Contact Form Submission.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Verbal communication: Various. 1999-. Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Team staff comments. Catherine Dove, 3 February 2020.



Grid reference Centred SS 6418 4587 (261m by 166m)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Record last edited

Feb 3 2020 3:08PM


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