MSO11237 - Post-medieval water wheel at Avill Farm (Monument)


An overshot waterwheel was used to drive farm machinery in the barn. The wheel was removed in the 1940s.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The bearings remain in the barn where power was last used for apple crushers. It had an iron overshot wheel, removed in the 1940s. The remains of the wheel pit and shut leat from River Avill are still extant. [1] The water supply to the farmstead appears to have been altered at some time in the mid to late 19th Century, between the surveying of the Dunster Tithe Map and 25 inch 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map. Originally, a water course ran straight through the centre of the farmstead (south to north) but a further route was added to run along the west of the site at this time. [2,3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1>XY Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. D Warren, Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society, 23 November 1977. [Mapped feature: #46428 ]
  • <2> Map: 1842. Dunster Tithe Map and Apportionment. 6 chains = 1 inch.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.



Grid reference SS 9769 4309 (point)
Map sheet SS94SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO9468
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SE55
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1119476
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33574

Record last edited

Jan 6 2020 1:47PM


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