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Watermill (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Millbank

Classification Watermill (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Meikle Millbank; Millbank Burn

Canmore ID 82184

Site Number NS35NW 29

NGR NS 3401 5740

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Renfrewshire
  • Parish Lochwinnoch
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Renfrew
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Archaeology Notes

NS35NW 29 3401 5740

Millbank Mill: The site lies 2 miles W of Lochwinnoch and is situated 50m S of Meikle Millbank farm on the banks of the Millbank Burn. The mill complex consists of a mill dam, mill lade, a bridge over the Millbank Burn and the mill itself.

The corn mill building which is T-shaped and roofless measures along its horizontal arm 13.5m and along its vertical arm 8m. The building stands to a maximum height of 8m from water level to its string course. The building is in a very poor condition and in danger of collapse.

The horizontal arm houses the remains of the waterwheel, gearing and three sets of mill stones all of which are still in situ. The vertical arm contains the remains of a corn-drying kiln.

The mill is of multiperiod construction of at least six phases. Its date is unknown but a mill is shown in this location on Ainslie's map of 1796. It was last used in the 1950s.

Survey by ACFA.

Sponsor: Renfrewshire Local History Society Forum (Archaelogy Section).

J Macdonald 1993.


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