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Ham Girnal and Corn Mill

A Category B Listed Building in Dunnet, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.6432 / 58°38'35"N

Longitude: -3.3126 / 3°18'45"W

OS Eastings: 323910

OS Northings: 973555

OS Grid: ND239735

Mapcode National: GBR L55W.K9L

Mapcode Global: WH6CL.20VW

Entry Name: Ham Girnal and Corn Mill

Listing Date: 28 November 1984

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332663

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1891

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunnet

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Parish: Dunnet

Traditional County: Caithness

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Description

Early to mid 18th century girnal; mid 19th century conversion to water-powered corn mill, and later alterations (see Notes). Large 4-storey, 5-bay agricultural building (former girnal) built against north facing slope presenting 3-storey appearance to S elevation. All Caithness flagstone rubble with tooled rubble dressings. N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: paired fenestration to outer bays; off-centre vehicular opening (20th century alteration) to ground with further doorway to left. Rear (S) elevation: central timber doorway to 2nd floor approached by forestair; segmental headed wide entrance to left. No water wheel, lade or other external machinery.

INTERIOR: no internal floors. No internal machinery. Remains of 20th century concrete grain dryer to ground. Some evidence of earlier flagstone floor. Timber joists.

Caithness slate roof. Square-plan, mid 19th century kiln addition (roofless) adjoins to SW.

Statement of Interest

The former girnal and water-powered grain mill at Ham is an important example of its agricultural building type in Caithness. Having undergone a number of interrelated changes of use, the building is notable for its scale and it continues to reflect the historic importance of the grain trade to the economy of the area. Prominently sited within its rugged coastal setting it is also notable for its Caithness flagstone construction. The location of the building appears to correlate with a building depicted on Roy's map of 1747-51, possibly dating the first phase of its construction to the early half of the 18th century.

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