MSO11263 - Post-medieval watermill at Westermill Farm (Monument)


A mill is recorded at the farm in documents pertaining to the 1815 perambulation of Exmoor. It generated electricity during the mid 20th Century.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Local tradition of a watermill here fed by a long leat from the west side of River Exe. [1] No visible signs at mill site but leat traceable in parts from Sparkham Water. The waterwheel generated electricity installed in 1957 and removed 1963. [2] Mentioned in the 1815 perambulation - "proceeds in the same direction near certain old Inclosure called West Mill farm..". [3] Not mentioned in Aston's list. [4] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. M Aston, Somerset County Council, 7 January 1977.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. D Warren, Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society, 24 November 1977.
  • <3> Monograph: MacDermot, E T. 1911. A History of Exmoor Forest. 423.
  • <4> Article in serial: Aston, M. 1983. Deserted Farms on Exmoor and the Lay subsidy of 1327 in West Somerset. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeology and Natural History Society. 127. 71-104.
  • <5> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 974428, Extant 23 August 2021.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6748
  • Local List Status (Unassessed)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW23
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 974428
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33604



Grid reference SS 8239 3985 (point) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS83NW

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Record last edited

Aug 23 2021 4:17PM


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