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Tankerness, Sebay Meal Mill

A Category B Listed Building in East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray, Orkney Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.9266 / 58°55'35"N

Longitude: -2.8432 / 2°50'35"W

OS Eastings: 351554

OS Northings: 1004672

OS Grid: HY515046

Mapcode National: GBR M5B4.B8L

Mapcode Global: WH7CD.9WCP

Entry Name: Tankerness, Sebay Meal Mill

Listing Date: 8 December 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 354309

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19890

Building Class: Cultural

Location: St Andrews and Deerness

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: East Mainland, South Ronaldsay and Burray

Parish: St Andrews And Deerness

Traditional County: Orkney

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Description

Circa 1854. 2 1/2 storey, 4-bay L-plan near-symmetrical mill with (later?) 2-storey lean-to addition to internal angle at rear. Roughly coursed rubble. Block-finialled gables; attic windows set close under eaves.

S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: large timber sliding door at ground in bay to left of centre; boarded door at 1st floor; mall window to attic above. Window at each floor in each bay to right. Window at each floor in bay to left.

W (SIDE) ELEVATION: window at ground and attic in bay to left. Boarded door, set to left, at ground in gabled bay to right; window to gablehead above.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: 4-bay elevation, grouped 2-2. Window at ground with small window at 1st floor above in recessed lean-to block to left. Window at ground in each bay to right; gablehead window at above.

E (SIDE) ELEVATION: window at 1st floor with attic opening above in gabled bay to left. Window at each floor in lean-to bay to right.

Timber-framed windows (some blocked). Purple slate roof; stone ridge; stone skews.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1998.

Statement of Interest

No longer in use. Archives reveal plans for a new mill at Sebay, dated 11th July, 1854 and signed by A W Gold ( for the Earl of Zetland) and John Stewart and William Cromarty as tennants. The two pairs of stones were driven by an overshot wheel fed by a mill dam about 1/4 mile away with an engine for the dry season; both the wheel and the machinery are now gone. In the late 1920's the miller was Mr Murdoch from Aberdeen, followed by John Marwick; Graham Bews took over the mill in the 1940's.

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