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Powder Mills

A Grade II Listed Building in Dartmoor Forest, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.5794 / 50°34'45"N

Longitude: -3.9393 / 3°56'21"W

OS Eastings: 262787

OS Northings: 77308

OS Grid: SX627773

Mapcode National: GBR Q6.CV5W

Mapcode Global: FRA 27MJ.R40

Entry Name: Powder Mills

Listing Date: 28 October 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1105418

English Heritage Legacy ID: 92753

Location: Dartmoor Forest, West Devon, Devon, PL20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Dartmoor Forest

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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Listing Text

LYDFORD
SX 67 NW
11/20 Powder Mills
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GV II

Ruins of gunpowder mill. Established in 1844 by a Plymouth alderman George Frean.
Originally quite an extensive complex of buildings running up the valley with
several water wheels turned by water from a leat and with 2 chimneys. All the
buildings are now in varying degrees of ruin although one chimney survives and 3
main groups are recognisable of granite rubble with granite lintels, all roofless.
The chimney is well constructed with stringcourse near the top and plinth. It has a
covered channel running downhill from it towards the largest ruinous building.
The invention of dynamite in 1867 rapidly superceded gunpowder. and the mills, which
employed about 100 men closed in the 1890s.
Source: Dartmoor : A New Study - Industry : Frank Booker.


Listing NGR: SX6278777308

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