In yesterday’s blog I featured a photograph by Mile Smallcombe of the miller’s wife and children fleeing the burning mill at Fingle – see here. Today I give a bit more information on the Fingle Mill itself. The Mill was a well known feature in the Teign Valley in the 19th century and many of the writers of the time described it. It was a corn mill driven by water from the Teign which was channelled down a leat.
The Mill burnt down in 1894 and was never rebuilt. The Miller and his family escaped unharmed. Before its demise the Mill also served tea and food to visitors. After the fire in 1907 a small shelter was built nearby to carry on this tradition – over the years this became more and more popular as Fingle Bridge developed as a tourist attraction. In 1957 this was completely rebuilt and became the Angler’s Rest pub (now called the Fingle Bridge Inn).
Over the next few years the National Trust along with the Woodland Trust will be carrying out an archaeological investigation of the site and will produce some on site interpretation which further details the history of the Mill.
Fingle Mill is a 5 minute walk from the Fingle Bridge Inn – cross the River Teign at Fingle Bridge – turn left and walk to the end of the National Trust car park (past the toilets). You will then see the remains of the old leat – keep going and you will arrive at the old mill ruins.