Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

The Town Mill, Colyton, Devon

The town of Colyton developed from an ancient village around 700AD, and eventually became known as 'the most rebellious town in Devon'  after the townsfolk joined the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685. Just wandering around the town gives a real sense of its history, as many of the buildings are of Mediaeval and Tudor origin. Even the humble fish and chip shop has Elizabethan windows and ornate carvings on the wall!

I haven't been able to find out much about the Town Mill, but sources state that there was a corn mill and a sawmill in the town. I'm hazarding a guess that this one may have been the corn mill, as it's not far from the original bakery, and Colcombe Mill has all the wheels and winches to drive the machinery more applicable to sawing. 

Some lovely details include the pattern-incised door with it's brass plate bearing the inscription Town Mill.

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