Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
NT 59480 77882
359480, 677882


18th century watermill and kiln, possibly incorporating

earlier structure, with later additions.

Single storey outbuilding enclosing yard. Random

whinstone rubble, rough dressings, some renewed in


Single storey mill building, walls raised to accommodate

milling floor and loft.

W ELEVATION: entrance to left, timber surround to door.

Small window to outer right. Door to loft above in tiled

and slated swept dormer. Additional modern slated dormer

to right.

Undershot wheel to S gable, right of centre with small

opening above. Sandstone facing behind wheel.

Access to kiln via wooden bridge from loft doorway in

N gable.

INTERIOR: functional elevators and hoppers, shelling

stone and grinding stone. Machinery dating from 1930s.

Red pantiles to roof.

Circular brick-lined kiln adjoining to NW. Access to

kiln floor at ground via stone porch to N Stone

forestair to drying floor, doorway breaking eaves in

swept dormer. Drying platform of perforated iron tiles.

Similar doorway to left adjoining wooden bridge to mill.

Lean to additions at rear. Red pantiles to conical roof,

renewed cowl.

2-storey mill cottage and stable to E now accommodating

exhibition and shop.

Statement of Special Interest

Built to serve the Smeaton-Hepburn estate. Maintained by

The National Trust for Scotland since 1950 with the aid

of Messrs Rank Hovis McDougall Ltd. Notable for its

survival in working order.



F P Tindall EAST LOTHIAN WATERMILL 1970 The National

Trust for Scotland.

PRESTON MILL Report prepared by RCAHMS

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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