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Auchindoun Mill

Watermill (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Auchindoun Mill

Classification Watermill (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 138367

Site Number NJ33NE 5

NGR NJ 35647 39977

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Moray
  • Parish Mortlach
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Moray
  • Former County Banffshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ33NE 5 35647 39977

(Location cited as NJ 356 399). Mill of Auchindoun, 19th century. A two-storey rubble building on an L plan, with a prominent revolving wooden kiln vent. There is the skeleton of a 6-spoke, wood and iron, start and awe wheel, 30ins (0.76m) wide and 11ft 4ins (3.45m) diameter. In undergrowth is a single-ring start and awe wheel 20ins (0.5m) by 6ft 4ins (1.93m) diameter, which may have driven a generator.

J R Hume 1977.

This is a 19th century, 'L'-plan, two-storeyed, rubble-built, water-powered grain mill, with a kiln in its E leg. The gabled roofs are of slate, with coped skews, and the remains of a prominent round revolving ventilator survive above the kiln. The mill was driven by an iron-framed start-and-awe water wheel (0.76m in width and 3.45m in diameter), the two sides of which have six arms which supported 24 wooden buckets. In 1997, much of the internal machinery survived intact, and included two pairs of millstones. Significant features of the kiln include its rubble-built invert and firebox, and the floor of standard perforated cast-iron tiles. At the time of survey, there were plans to convert the mill to a dwelling.

Visited by RCAHMS (MKO) 25 September 1997.


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