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Old Mill, Claonairigh

A Category B Listed Building in Inveraray, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1961 / 56°11'45"N

Longitude: -5.1304 / 5°7'49"W

OS Eastings: 205880

OS Northings: 704797

OS Grid: NN058047

Mapcode National: GBR FDQB.LR7

Mapcode Global: WH1JV.5J6C

Plus Code: 9C8P5VW9+CR

Entry Name: Old Mill, Claonairigh

Listing Name: Claonairigh, Old Mill, Including Nearby Structure at the 'Roman Bridge'

Listing Date: 9 October 1991

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 345893

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB12946

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200345893

Location: Inveraray

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Mid Argyll

Parish: Inveraray

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Built circa 1790 for the Duke of Argyll as a woollen mill, to provide some local employment - a venture in the spirit of "Improvement", and prior to the great phase of population clearances.

2-storey rectangular-plan block, gabled at SE and, piended at NW. Rubble, with dressings mostly roughly-squared; slate roof. Most interior machinery and wheel now gone (1991) openings all flat-lintelled, SW front basically 2-storey 3-bay but with stone projections at ground; centre cart opening has a cast-iron lintel - conceivably, cast at Furnace, nearby.

On the river bank beneath, close by the 'Roman Bridge' is another stone structure; rubble-walled front with an opening and parapet, it resembles a summer house, built to enjoy the view over Douglas Water; however, it was more probably part of the mill workings, where the mill outflow may have passed.

Statement of Interest

Category B for historic interest. The manufacture is not remembered as being a great success; contracts to provide cloth for the military failed to make their deadline. Said to have been used for a time in the manufacture of carpets.

Associated workers cottages nearby are in neglected condition.

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