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Barrmill, Dunlop Road, Giffen Mill and Millhouse

A Category B Listed Building in Beith, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.728 / 55°43'40"N

Longitude: -4.5975 / 4°35'50"W

OS Eastings: 236978

OS Northings: 651345

OS Grid: NS369513

Mapcode National: GBR 3B.D5YF

Mapcode Global: WH3PP.B9Z5

Entry Name: Barrmill, Dunlop Road, Giffen Mill and Millhouse

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 331320

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB876

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Beith

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Dalry and West Kilbride

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Mid 18th century millhouse and adjoining early 19th century fomer mill.

Millhouse: 2 storeys 3 bays, set back from road; central door with lugged architrave and bolection-moulded frieze and cornice. 3 windows to 1st floor, possibly enlarged. Painted margins and roll-moulded surrounds to windows; moulded eaves course. Painted cement harl.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: 3 bays, enlarged openings; single storey piend-roofed wing to centre, lean-to in re-entrant angle to L.

UPVC glazing. Grey slates laid in diminishing courses; stone ridge; straight stone skews to principal elevation, sawtooth with beaked skewputts to rear; end stacks. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

Mill: on sloping site breaking forward from house; roofless and derelict (2003). Long 2-storey range with basement at gable and rear; range to L with forestair. Irregularly-spaced openings. Doocot in N gable; small painted relief owl sculpture below (see Notes). Sawtooth skews. Some original machinery remains inside.

INTERIOR OF MILLHOUSE: not seen (2003); apparently nothing original survives.

Statement of Interest

The former corn mill has lain empty and derelict for some time. Originally the building was limewashed with a slate roof. The owl sculpture set into the north gable reputedly came from the ruins of Giffen Castle, the stronghold of the Montgomeries of Giffen. In the mid 18th century material from the castle was apparently used to build the mill and later the millhouse. A photograph in Reid shows a view of the the mill from the rear as it was intact.

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