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Perth, City Mills. Detail of cog mechanism, and mill stone. Digital image of PT 1266.

SC 745605

Description Perth, City Mills. Detail of cog mechanism, and mill stone. Digital image of PT 1266.

Date 9/1963

Collection Scottish National Buildings Record

Catalogue Number SC 745605

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of PT 1266

Scope and Content View of millstones, Lower City Mills, Perth, Perth & Kinross Lower City Mills consisted of an oatmeal mill on the north side of the lade built in 1787, and a barley mill built in 1803 on the south side. Both were driven by a central low breastshot (water hits the wheel halfway down one side) waterwheel. Barley production ended in the 1930s, and oatmeal milling ceased in 1953. In the mid 1980s the mill was converted into a visitor centre. This shows the three pairs of millstones with their cast iron surrounds (which prevent the loss of meal during milling). Hoppers on top of the stones direct oats into the central hole in the top stone to be ground into oatmeal. The revolving top stone in each pair uses power transferred by the central spur wheel from the waterwheel on the floor below. The large waterwheel at Lower City Mills is contained within the building itself, and measures 3.74m wide and 4.27m in diameter. Water from the town lade (mill stream) flows into the centre of the building where it is controlled by a sluice. This turns the waterwheel and transfers its power to the millstones, hoists and other machinery using a system of gears. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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