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St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Priory, Abbey Mill

Mill (Period Unassigned)

Site Name St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Priory, Abbey Mill

Classification Mill (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 34302

Site Number NO51NW 2.03

NGR NO 5148 1650

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish St Andrews And St Leonards
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District North East Fife
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NO51NW 2.3 5148 1650.

(NO 5148 1650) St.Andrews. "The Abbey Mill..the mill dam and mill lead, sluices etc...are still in use." (Sited from plan on p.25).

D MacGibbon and T Ross 1896

Prior James Bisset (1393-1416) reconstructed the mills and other buildings of the Priory.


A modern dwelling house occupies the site of the Abbey Mill. The mill dam and lade are occupied by ornamental grounds.

Visited by OS (JLD) 17 October 1956

OS (JLD) confirmed.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 29 May 1964


Archaeological Evaluation (22 March 2021 - 1 April 2021)

John Gooder – ACCESS Archaeological Condition Services Ltd NO 51451 16447 An archaeological test-pit survey was required by St Leonard’s School following an inadvertent breach within scheduled land (the school grounds) associated with St Andrews Cathedral and Priory and adjacent ecclesiastical remains (Designation Ref: SM21332). The work took place from 22 March to 1 April 2021. The objective of the work was to establish the scale of any possible damage to the archaeological recourse. Two archaeological features were unearthed:

NO 51479 16309 (centred) The infill of the mill dam associated with the Abbey Mill (Canmore ID: 34302) was unearthed within a sunken garden currently used as a play area.

NO 51481 16352 A layer of demolition/building collapse was revealed to the immediate E of the Teind’s Yett. Scarring on the precinct wall here shows the former presence an internal structure associated with a Teind’s Yett turret, with the test-pit occupying a location within the footprint of the structure which could be the Teind’s Barn, which historic mapping (OS Town Plan 1895) shows near this site. Various early cartographers also depict a large building at this location.

Archive: NRHE (intended) Funder: St Leonard’s School


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