A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

At more than 800 years of age, Cricklepit Mill is Exeter's last working watermill. Surrounded by a unique urban wildlife garden, Cricklepit Mill also serves as Devon Wildlife Trust's headquarters.

Cricklepit Mill offers you a place to escape from it all in the very heart of the busy city of Exeter.  

The 18th century watermill sits in an extensive wildlife garden. The place has a secretive feel - many long term Exeter residents tell us they never knew it existed!

Explore Exeter from here

The mill is the perfect place to begin to discover Exeter. Start here and then explore on foot or by bike. Exeter's historic Quayside is only five minutes away by foot, while the beautiful Valley Parks are within a pleasant 20 minute stroll.

For the more adventurous a River Exe Wild Walk takes you on a six-mile exploration of the local landscape including Devon Wildlife Trust's Old Sludge Bed and Exe Reed Bed nature reserves.

Cricklepit Mill is the home of Devon Wildlife Trust.,


Exeter Memories The most well known of Exeter's mills is Cricklepit, which is also the only one to survive into the 21st Century. As already mentioned, Robert Courtenay granted Nicholas Gervaise the right to build his mill at Crickenpette in 1180/90.

Records show that in 1463, Crickenpette was still working steadily as a grist mill or corn mill. In 1529 the mill was remodelled and part of the present structure dates from this time, still as a corn mill. The historian, Jenkins wrote of the famous Matthew the Miller, who is said to have lived his life precisely to the tick of the St Mary Steps clock, thus helping the locals know the time, "This Matthew was an opulent Miller, who resided at Cricklepit; he was remarkable for his integrity".

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