Sir William Waller

William Waller married Jane Reynell, daughter of Sir Richard and Lucy Reynell and inherited Forde House. In the 17th Century a battle took place to gain control of the Market between Sir William Waller and the Yardes of Bradley with the control remaining with the Yardes, showing the importance of wool to the area.

Sir William Waller

Sir William Waller

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Fellmongering In Newton Abbot

On the north side of the River Lemon lies Bradley Manor and after the male line of the Bushels died out in 1402 the manor was in the possession of the Yarde family. Wool was important as there were six mills on the estate, three fellmongering (stripping the wool from a sheep) mills and three corn mills.

Fellmongering

Fellmongering


Newton Abbot Wool Mills

Newton Abbot’s flowing River Lemon was used to submerge wool in a basket to clean and then the wool was hung to dry. The rich grasslands were ideal for keeping sheep for their wool and contributed to the success of the wool trade in the area. Later fulling mills were powered by water from the Leat.

Newton Abbot Wool Mills

Newton Abbot Wool Mills