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Latitude: 50.6029 / 50°36'10"N
Longitude: -3.5971 / 3°35'49"W
OS Eastings: 287071
OS Northings: 79344
OS Grid: SX870793
Mapcode National: GBR QR.1KGD
Mapcode Global: FRA 37CG.SHZ
Entry Name: The Wheel
Listing Date: 28 April 1987
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1097099
English Heritage Legacy ID: 85293
Location: Chudleigh, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ13
Civil Parish: Chudleigh
Built-Up Area: Chudleigh
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Chudleigh St Martin and St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
CHUDLEIGH CLIFFORD STREET
6/37 The Wheel
Water Mill converted to craft centre. Circa mid C19, on the site of an earlier mill
complex, renovations of 1972. Local grey limestone rubble, colourwashed and gabled
at ends ; right end stack.
Rectangular plan. 3-storey mill building with a large backshot water wheel at the
rear in working order.
3-bay symmetrical front to the road, the 3 storeys crowned by a gabled wooden hoist
housing with a gabled doorway in the roof and a projecting wooden platform with
timber rails, most of the timber appears to have been renewed. First floor doorway
in centre with weatherboarding below. Ground and first floor windows have segmental
heads and vertical glazing bars, the second floor windows have vertical glazing bars,
the centre window with a timber lintel.
The rear elevation is unrendered with brick arches to the first floor windows.
Impressive backshot wheel, 20ft in diameter, was installed in 1860 with a cast iron
outer rim forged at Ideford by a local blacksmith, Ivor Hall. The wheel has 20 oak
spokes and 70 elm buckets.
Interior Considerable survival of machinery in working order, including gearing, a
late Victorian iron roller crusher and 2 winches. Stair altered during conversion to
craft centre, roof trusses replaced after a fire of 1941 but the old charred trusses
The mill was last used for corn grinding in 1939. The wheel is said to be the
largest working backshot wheel in the south of England.
Town Mills, Chudleigh (n.d.)
Listing NGR: SX8707179344
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