Last January – 2021 – I headed out for a geocache walk with the dogs, from Tamerton Foilot, Plymouth, toward the River Tavy. It was one of those lovely winter walks: lots of boggy terrain and water on the ground. On walking along Blaxton Lane toward the river I came across old ruins of a mill at the mouth of the creek.
The Visit Tamar Valley website outlines the following historical information:
The Mill was built in 1822 and was in operation until the late 19th century. Its floodgates allowed the incoming tidal water to flood the mill pond which, according to the parish tithe map of 1839, once covered some 9 acres. At low tide, not only is it possible to see the remains of the floodgates, but you can also cross the mouth of the Creek to explore the ruins.
I always enjoy coming across these hidden pieces of history that are on the doorstep of my home city. And so, I took lots of photographs, and have finally – after an entire year – decided to upload them on this blog. I hope to return to this area at low tide so that I might catch a glimpse of the floodgate remains.