Lapford Water Mill

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Lapford Mill, circa 1990

Lapford Mill, circa 1990

Lapford Mill complex comprises the main house, a 14th Century cob building housing a rare 15th century oak muntin screen and bread oven, a connected two storey cottage and four storey water mill. To the east of the buildings is a small, private garden and further grounds extending approximately four acres.

Despite many renovations, the mill suffered dilapidation and damages due largely to the recent extreme weather conditions. In 2012 the great floods caused extensive damage to the leat sluice gates, the waterwheel and the weir, however the machinery inside the mill is still in operable condition. The waterwheel has now been redressed and is correctly balanced upon its axle.

The mill and its leat system attained Grade II Listed Building status from the 17th of April 2015. As such, further renovation works will be undertaken in close consultation with Natural England (formerly English Heritage). There is a united desire to see the mill fully restored.

The park behind the mill hosts the village’s annual music festival, Lapstock, which celebrates local musical talent for two days in the summer. 2016 will see the tenth year for the festival and it is promising to be ‘a bit special’!

The informal park is a series of fields and ponds bound to the North by the mill leat and the South by the historic Tarka Line. The park is managed to promote wildlife, with long grass & wildflower banks, and is a great spot for social occasions, events and peaceful reflection!

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