It is known that a water wheel powered the sawmill in its early years - but there is little documented information regarding it.
It was supplied from Ashcombe Water (and probably from the River Bale and Limecombe Water) with a millpond near what is now Boevey’s Restaurant.
An overhead launder/aqueduct brought water to the wheel.
In October 1897 the Land Agent told Frederick Knight that: “Waterwheel must be repaired or we shall not be able to use it this autumn for sawing or chaff cutting”
In February 1898 the Land Agent reported that “our machinery is not I fear strong enough for the work [cutting 40, 17 feet long 10” x 2” joists for the new West Cottages]. The saw and water wheel is working very well but I fear it would break down under the strain of cutting the joists.”
Later that month he suggested using the steam engine to power the mill as “one thing is quite certain, the present water wheel will not to any advantage cut timber“
The water wheel was replaced by a turbine in 1899