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- Category: A
- Date Added: 05/02/1971
- Local Authority: East Lothian
- Planning Authority: East Lothian
- Parish: Prestonkirk
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NT 59480 77882
- Coordinates: 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
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
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,
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
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