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Latitude: 57.6493 / 57°38'57"N
Longitude: -2.539 / 2°32'20"W
OS Eastings: 367928
OS Northings: 862281
OS Grid: NJ679622
Mapcode National: GBR N82H.ZHL
Mapcode Global: WH8LV.ZZ4V
Entry Name: The Wrack, Former Industrial Building
Listing Date: 15 March 1995
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 338327
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB6663
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Banff and District
Traditional County: Banffshire
Mid 18th century. Broad, rectangular, 2-storey and attic, wide 4-bay range with wheelhouse projecting from long E elevation. Harl pointed rubble, tooled ashlar margins. Enlarged ground floor openings in both long elevations; paired 1st and large dormerless attic windows in broad N and S return gables. Corniced end stacks; slate roof. Single storey, roofless rubble wheelhouse projects from long E elevation. Later single storey, lean-to extension against S gable.
INTERIOR: ground floor gutted; fragments of simple moulded plaster ceiling cornice survive in 1st floor.
Photographs, circa 1900, of (now roofless) wheelhouse and undershot wheel, retained in Banff Library. The building has been used as a saw-mill but was probably constructed for use in the substantial flax and linen industry that thrived in Banff in mid 18th century; the nearby meadow could have served as a bleaching green. It is notable for its breadth and large gable attic windows lighting the garret workplace. The building is sited close to the River Deveron, a source of water for the industrial processes carried on within and diverted
to the mill lade visible to the south. It is also possible that the
building served as a corf house or salmon station after the demise
of the flax/linen industry in the early 19th century. The Town Clerk's list (Banff), c.1820, enumerates 10 salmon fishing stations on the Deveron including 'a principal fishing station with a Corf house, covered with slate' at The Wrack or Nether Rake Fishing. The Deveron commercial salmon fishings were very prosperous. The Wrack also spelt Rack and Rake.
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