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Middle Mill and Middle Mill Cottages

A Category B Listed Building in Markinch, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.1965 / 56°11'47"N

Longitude: -3.1389 / 3°8'20"W

OS Eastings: 329425

OS Northings: 701012

OS Grid: NO294010

Mapcode National: GBR 2B.FNR1

Mapcode Global: WH6RG.RJG2

Entry Name: Middle Mill and Middle Mill Cottages

Listing Date: 1 March 1996

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 389302

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB42986

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Markinch

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Glenrothes North, Leslie and Markinch

Parish: Markinch

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Early 19th century. 3 storey, 5 bay, rectangular plan former grain mill with single and 2 storey range of rectangular plan cottages. Mill, random rubble with stone margins and quoins, and timber lintel; cottages, dressed ashlar and rubble with long and short quoins and stone margins; stone mullions.

MILL: to S of cottages. Interior gutted.

E ELEVATION: timber at centre ground below lean to canopy extending to outer left, wide opening with timber lintel to right; 2 small, blocked openings to right at 1st floor, probably 3 to left obscured by canopy, further smaller opening adjacent to bay 4; 2nd floor with 5 small openings (all blocked) close to eaves.

W ELEVATION: 5 regular bays at ground, each with blocked door, bay

4 obscured by timber outbuilding. 4 blocked window openings at 1st and 2nd floor, latter small and close to eaves.

Corrugated iron roofing with ashlar coped skews.

COTTAGES: long 2 storey range with single storey cottage to right and further 2 storey cottage to outer right.

S ELEVATION: 2 storey range to left. Low flat roofed timber porch at centre with windows in flanking bays, 2 part glazed timber doors beyond to right and 2 doors and window to left. 1st floor with timber forestair from right leading to door at centre breaking eaves, window to right and 2 windows to left. Single storey, 3 bay cottage to right with door at centre and bipartite windows in flanking bays. 2 storey, 3 bay cottage to outer right with door at centre and windows in flanking bays, regular fenestration at 1st floor.

N ELEVATION: asymmetrical fenestration to terraced range, 2 storey cottage with centre window at ground floor.

4 pane glazing pattern in timber sash and case windows to single and

2 storey cottages, range to left with fixed small pane glazing to right of centre at ground, blocked elsewhere. Traditional pantiles, coped ashlar and brick stacks with some cans. Ashlar coped skews.

Statement of Interest

Marked on 1st OS "corn and flour", Middle Mill is the only remaining grain mill on the Leven, Haugh Corn Mill having recently been demolished and grain mills frequently converted to spinning mills. The Statistical Account reports on "Mills and Multures There are a great many corn mills in the parish; every heritor of any considerable property, or who has the command of water, having a mill upon his estate,... The multures are very high, amounting to one 13th part of the value of the grain carried to the mill. For this, it is true, the mill master does a great deal of duty. He carries the grain from the farmer?s barn, dries, and grinds it, and brings it home."

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