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Shetland, Mainland, Quendale Mill And Steading

Farmstead (19th Century), Grain Mill (19th Century)

Site Name Shetland, Mainland, Quendale Mill And Steading

Classification Farmstead (19th Century), Grain Mill (19th Century)

Canmore ID 561

Site Number HU31SE 26

NGR HU 37105 13221

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Dunrossness
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU31SE 26 37105 13221.

(Location cited as HU 371 133 and name as Quendale Mill). 19th century. Part of a substantial farm steading in a T-plan rubble building. There is a fine 8-spoke iron overshot wheel with wooden buckets 3ft (0.91m) wide by 14ft (4.27m) diameter.

J R Hume 1977.

This site was visited as part of the RCAHMS Scottish Farm Buildings Survey on 28 Febraury 2003.

Information from RCAHMS (ACD) 18 January 2008; NMRS MS2560/364.


Publication Account (1997)

Water draining down the steep slopes of Fitful Head was harnessed at Quendale to drive a mill with a vertical wheel (4.3m in diameter with wooden buckets). The mill has been beautifully restored to working order with financial help from Shetland Amenity Trust, and it contains displays about the mill and life in Dunrossness. The T-shaped mill stands on a slope, allowing a single storey above a lower floor connected to the wheel.Not only is the wheel intact, but a fine wooden aquaduct carries the water to the top of the wheel. A footpath leads to the dam.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Shetland’, (1997).


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