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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Whitekirk And Tyninghame
NT 60644 78023
360644, 678023


Mid 18th century, 2-storey, 3-bay mill house, extended with

lean-to outbuildings James Hannan and Adam Dickson, 1854.

Harled with painted ashlar margins.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical, 3-bay. Small fanlight

to boarded door with additional windows to outbuilding at

outer left.

E ELEVATION: 3-bay. Former stair window at centre partly

obscured by lean-to projecting later stair block.

N GABLE: lean-to outbuildings. Raised chimney breast at

centre to main gable, stopping at eaves level. Small attic

light in gable head.

S GABLE: blank with small attic light.

12-pane glazing pattern, with some small and 4-pane glazing,

to sash and case windows. Raised skews. Gable wallhead

stacks, harled, original to S gable with thack stanes.

Pantiles. Corrugated asbestos roof to lean-to additions.

Statement of Special Interest

Knowes Mill lies to W, in poor condition, with timber

water wheel still in position. Later timber stores to

SW. The mill possibly preceded Tyninghame Sawmill

(listed separately) as the Estate Timber Mill.

The mill is historically important as the site where Andrew Meikle patented the first threshing machine in 1776. See listing for Houston Mill, Prestonkirk. Later timber stores to SW.



C McWilliam LOTHIAN (1978) p198-9.

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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