History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: There has been a mill here since at least the 13th century
In 1529 the mill was rebuilt, and by 1689 the gearing mechanism was altered so that one of the waterwheels drove 2 millstones, one devoted to grinding malt.
By the middle of the 18th century the mill was adapted into a fulling mill, using water power to pound woollen cloth to to a fine finish.
The demand for wool cloth went into decline during the Napoleonic Wars, and the waterwheels were used to power other mechanical processes. In the 19th century the mill also powered a manganese mill and a machine to grind rubble. A document from 1859 shows that a miller from Cricklepit named Richard Kelland was brought to trial on a charge of diluting his flour with alum powder, but the charge was not proven.
By the late 19th century the mill was only used for grinding grain to produce animal feed, though it briefly saw service in the early 20th century as a saw mill.
The mill is kept in full working order and you can can see the milling process in operation and buy fresh-ground flour. Just east of the mill building stands the Outer Waterwheel, built in 1895 by the Taylor & Bodley engineering company whose premises were in nearby Bonhay Road. The huge iron wheel weighs 6 tonnes ands had to be brought to the mill site in 2 large sections and reassembled on site. It you look back towards the mill from the Outer Watewheel you can see a large opening in the side of the building and, just visible, the internal waterwheel, built by the Exeter firm of Bodley Brothers and installed in the middle of the 19th century.
Admission to Cricklepit Mill is free. It is usually open during normal weekday office hours, and occasionally on weekends. There is no parking at the mill itself, but there are paid parking areas within a few minutes walk, the nearest being Lower Coombe Street, off Quay Hill.
About Cricklepit Mill
Address: Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon, England, EX2 4AB
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: Cricklepit Mill
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Exeter Custom House - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Quay House - 0.1 miles (Museum)
The House that Moved - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Tucker's Hall - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Exeter Old Bridge - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Exeter, St Olave's Church - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
St Nicholas Priory - 0.2 miles (Historic Building)
Exeter Cathedral - 0.3 miles (Cathedral)
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