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PRESTON MILL (Ref:14531)

This building is in the East Lothian Council and the Prestonkirk Parish. It is a category A building and was listed on 05/02/1971.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NT 5948 7788.


18th century watermill and kiln, possibly incorporating

earlier structure, with later additions.

Single storey outbuilding enclosing yard. Random

whinstone rubble, rough dressings, some renewed in


Single storey mill building, walls raised to accommodate

milling floor and loft.

W ELEVATION: entrance to left, timber surround to door.

Small window to outer right. Door to loft above in tiled

and slated swept dormer. Additional modern slated dormer

to right.

Undershot wheel to S gable, right of centre with small

opening above. Sandstone facing behind wheel.

Access to kiln via wooden bridge from loft doorway in

N gable.

INTERIOR: functional elevators and hoppers, shelling

stone and grinding stone. Machinery dating from 1930s.

Red pantiles to roof.

Circular brick-lined kiln adjoining to NW. Access to

kiln floor at ground via stone porch to N Stone

forestair to drying floor, doorway breaking eaves in

swept dormer. Drying platform of perforated iron tiles.

Similar doorway to left adjoining wooden bridge to mill.

Lean to additions at rear. Red pantiles to conical roof,

renewed cowl.

2-storey mill cottage and stable to E now accommodating

exhibition and shop.


Built to serve the Smeaton-Hepburn estate. Maintained by The National Trust for Scotland since 1950 with the aid of Messrs Rank Hovis McDougall Ltd. Notable for its survival in working order.


F P Tindall EAST LOTHIAN WATERMILL 1970 The National Trust for Scotland. PRESTON MILL Report prepared by RCAHMS

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