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Latitude: 50.6827 / 50°40'57"N
Longitude: -3.6644 / 3°39'51"W
OS Eastings: 282511
OS Northings: 88324
OS Grid: SX825883
Mapcode National: GBR QN.H68L
Mapcode Global: FRA 3768.Q6P
Entry Name: Mill Building at Sowton Mill
Listing Date: 11 November 1952
Last Amended: 4 September 1986
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1214794
English Heritage Legacy ID: 399658
Location: Dunsford, Teignbridge, Devon, EX6
Civil Parish: Dunsford
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Dunsford St Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 88 NW
6/26 Mill Building at Sowton Mill
11.ll.52 (formerly listed as Sowton Mill)
Mill Building. Probably C17 origins, C20 alterations. Granite and freestone rubble,
squared granite brought to course behind the water wheel, asbestos slate roof gabled
at ends, right gable end, projecting granite stack with set-offs at the right end.
The mill building, which has accommodation at the right end, has been altered
internally in the late C20 and the water wheel is no longer in use, although the leat
is still in use and powers a water turbine for electricity for domestic use.
3 storeys. The west elevation facing the leat is asymmetrical with granite quoins
with a scatter of C20 windows to the right and a C20 flat-roofed dormer to the left.
The entrance is on the left gable end with a doorway with chamfered jambs and a
timber lintel. The iron wheel, in a poor state of repair is at the left end. In
front of the wheel the leat is directed through 3 separate channels divided by
dressed granite walls. Downstream from the existing wheel a second opening in the
wall of the mill building indicates the former position of another wheel.
Interior The gable end fireplace has a brick lintel. In spite of the late C20
fenestration the masonry of the mill building indicates an early date and the
building forms a group with the mill house to the north west. A granite stone, part
of the leat arrangement, has a datestone that may read 165- (last figure illegible).
Sowton Mill was formerly known as 'Chaffe's Mill'. An indenture of 16 Oct 1388
granted Nicholas Sparke of Dunsford the right to make a weir "for the conveyinge of a
watercourse to a mille to be builded by the said Nicholas". The grant was given by
Richard Champernowne of Modbury.
Records of the Committee of the Devonshire Association, 9th Report, Halliwell -
Phillips Collection,(MS notes in possession of the owner).
Listing NGR: SX8251188324
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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