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Luing, Achafolla Mill

A Category C Listed Building in Oban North and Lorn, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2291 / 56°13'44"N

Longitude: -5.643 / 5°38'34"W

OS Eastings: 174287

OS Northings: 710033

OS Grid: NM742100

Mapcode National: GBR DDF7.ZZG

Mapcode Global: WH0H8.9P2K

Entry Name: Luing, Achafolla Mill

Listing Date: 4 May 2000

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394514

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47129

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kilbrandon and Kilchattan

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban North and Lorn

Traditional County: Argyllshire

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Description

Earlier to mid 19th century with later additions and alterations. Single storey with attic, rectangular-plan former corn mill built into hillside with wheel in place to NE; roofless addition at rear forming near L-plan; remains of wall to N. Predominantly whinstone rubble (harled in part); rubble sandstone quoins in part to later wing.

SE (FRONT) ELEVATION: ground floor built into hillside. Square-headed, catslide opening breaking eaves off-set to left of centre.

NE (SIDE) ELEVATION: gable end to left with all-iron overshot wheel in place at ground (16ft diameter); small, square opening centred in gablehead. Remains of rubble wall adjoined to outer right.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: blind elevation to roofless projection to outer right. Square-headed opening in bay recessed to left; remains of rubble wall projecting to outer left.

SW (SIDE) ELEVATION: gable end to right with arched entrance formed in part-blocked, square-headed opening centred at ground; small, rectangular opening off-set to right above. Square-headed opening in roofless addition to outer left.

Glazing missing. Corrugated-iron roof to principal block (missing in part).

INTERIOR: principal block with rubble walls; open timber ceiling with tie beams. Milling machinery in place to NE comprising timber-framed support with 2 pairs of stones (50in diameter), various cogs and wheels. Remains of metal roof supports in later addition.

Statement of Interest

In use as a cow shed 1999. A good example of a relatively rare building type, notable for the retention of its all-iron overshot wheel and the milling machinery. Hume notes that the construction of the wheel is unusual - there being 3 flat and 3 rod spokes on each side, with 6 cross-bracing spokes. Virtually all of the sheet-iron buckets have disappeared. Lade in place 1999.

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