Open Morning: Martin Watts on Exe Island Mills.

Saturday 20th April at 10:30 - 12:00
The Mint Methodist Church Centre, Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT
A social event where visitors and guests are welcome and refreshment will be available. At 11a.m. Martin Watts will give a presentation on Exe Island Mills.

The area between the river Exe and the city wall known as Exe Island was crossed by two leats – man-made watercourses – which provided the power to turn waterwheels. Mills were established during the Middle Ages, primarily for grist – grinding grain for flour for baking and malt for brewing – and for fulling or tucking – finishing woollen cloth. By the mid-18th century there were at least 28 waterwheels at work at six main sites.

This talk sets out to illustrate aspects of the history and development of these sites and their importance to the prosperity of the City of Exeter.