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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.

PRESTON MILLReference: LB14531

Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 05/02/1971


  • Local Authority: East Lothian
  • Planning Authority: East Lothian
  • Parish: Prestonkirk

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNT 59480 77882
  • Coordinates359480, 677882


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.

Statement of Special Interest

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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