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Castleton Mill

A Grade II Listed Building in Sherborne, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9504 / 50°57'1"N

Longitude: -2.5052 / 2°30'18"W

OS Eastings: 364606

OS Northings: 116900

OS Grid: ST646169

Mapcode National: GBR MV.NH3H

Mapcode Global: FRA 56ML.RT9

Entry Name: Castleton Mill

Listing Date: 14 January 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1110657

English Heritage Legacy ID: 104194

Location: Sherborne, Dorset, Dorset, DT9

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

Civil Parish: Sherborne

Built-Up Area: Sherborne

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Sherborne with Castleton Abbey Church of St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

ST 6416
2/450 (East Side, off)
II Castleton Mill

Water pumping mill. 1869 by John Lawson (of Westminster) for Sherborne Local Board of
Health; extended and wheel replaced 1898; late C20 alterations. Coursed rock-
faced stone; roof of Spanish slates (replacing Welsh slates). Single storey. 1 x 2
bays, the front bay added 1898; wheel-chamber at rear, the wheel fed by 3 leats all at
different levels. Chamfered plinth. Round-arched windows with chamfered sills and
small-pane glazing. Gable front has segment-arched doorway on left with diagonally-
boarded double door; window on right; raised verge with shaped kneelers and coping with
roll-moulded apex. Right return: projecting wheel: at eaves, to left of this, stack
with gabled base. Rear: 2 windows boarded up; below right window arched pipe for
leading water to wheel (the middle-most feed). Left return: window to right;
projecting attached stone wall at centre not of special interest; on left, opening for
lower-most water-feed: above it an iron pentrough projects from the wall, formerly
carrying water to wheel at highest feed-level.
Interior: front bay has encaustic tile floor and pit for former pumps. Wheel chamber
retains the 1893 39" pitch-back water-wheel made by Edward White of Redditch; it is 26'
in diameter, has a perimeter drive (gearing now removed) and drove three vertical drive
pumps. The original water tank and launder, cast by Sothert and Pitt of Bath, survive,
as also the winding gear to open up and shut off the water supply.
The water wheel is unusually large and a rare survival; and the complex planning of the
feed system (taking into account 3 different sources of water and the nearby railway)
is of interest. The mill was designed to pump water to Sherborne, but was unable to
meet demand and was first supplemented by a turbine-powered pump-house built nearby (in
1874), and then itself extended 1898).

K. Falconer England's Industrial Heritage p.91

Listing NGR: ST6460616900

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