Crediton

Crediton

An important market town also known as 'Kirton' located on the Exeter to Barnstaple road (and railway line). Members of the Ash, Wooleigh and Dowland branches lived in and around Crediton at various times. Downes Mill is of particular interest as this was believed to have been founded by John Mallet of Wooleigh. This later became part of the Downes Estate owned by the Buller family, of which Sir Redvers Buller was a member. The mill was leased by Malletts of the Dowland branch from the late 1800's to the 1960's.

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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
Belt pulley which would have been part of the internal machinery of the mill.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
Hand powered threshing machine. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
View of loading doors. Sacks of flour would have been loaded from here onto waiting vehicles.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
The cottage and country shop. These have been added since the Ladd family took over ownership of the mill.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
Shop opening hours. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
View from the road bridge looking north-west. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
View from the A377, Crediton to Exeter Road. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
The mill viewed from the east. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
Old road sign (give way or yield). 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
Entrance to the country shop.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
The original mill building, now converted to a warehouse and living accommodation.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
View of the mill building from the south.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
An outbuilding constructed since the Ladd family took ownership.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
The cottage and country shop. These have been added since the Ladd family took over ownership of the mill.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
View of the River Yeo showing the leat from the mill. Unfortunately, the flow and current of the river has reduced to the extent that it cannot give enough power to drive machinery.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
The mill has been converted into shops and a warehouse, selling computers and country pursuits equipment. 
 
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Downes Mill
Downes Mill
View from the bank of the River Yeo.

[With special thanks to Donald Ladd]. 
 


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