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MERTOUN MILLLB13876

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
C
Date Added
07/11/2007
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
Parish
Mertoun
NGR
NT 60897 32239
Coordinates
360897, 632239

Description

Probably early 19th century, probably incorporating earlier fabric. 2-and 3-storey, 7-bay, T-plan, former corn and flour mill, set against steeply rising ground. Principal elevation facing river with steeply-pitched piend-roofed wing advanced to right and two adjoining gabled blocks stepped down in height to left roof. Mixed grey and pink sandstone rubble with squared red sandstone margins. Irregular fenestration in small window openings on S and E elevations, those on E mostly now blocked; 1st floor loading doors to S and E elevations; timber-boarded doors on S and E; enlarged vehicle entrances to S. Wheel pit (lacking machinery) at SE corner.

Remains of some timber glazing bars in some windows. Welsh slate; zinc ridges. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Statement of Special Interest

A striking and well-preserved example of a rural corn and flour mill, occupying a prominent position in the landscape particularly on the approach from the W on the B6404 over Mertoun Bridge. It appears to have undergone various alterations and the SE section may have been heightened; however the different coloured and textured strata simply add to its character. The mill currently (2007) has silos inside and all original mill machinery has been removed.

References

Bibliography

William Crawford and William Brooke, Map Embracing Extensive Portions of the Counties of Roxburgh, Berwick Selkirk & Midlothian and Part of Northumberland (1843). 1st edition Ordnance Survey map (circa 1863). John Hume, The Industrial Archaeology of Scotland: Volume 1, Lowlands (1976), p884.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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