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Trenabie Mill And Lade, Pierowall, Westray

A Category B Listed Building in North Isles, Orkney Islands

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Latitude: 59.3141 / 59°18'50"N

Longitude: -2.9883 / 2°59'17"W

OS Eastings: 343836

OS Northings: 1047940

OS Grid: HY438479

Mapcode National: GBR L4Z3.PSM

Mapcode Global: XH8KG.D41Z

Plus Code: 9CFV8276+JM

Entry Name: Trenabie Mill And Lade, Pierowall, Westray

Listing Name: Pierowall, Trenabie Mill Including Lade

Listing Date: 8 December 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395426

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48002

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Westray

County: Orkney Islands

Electoral Ward: North Isles

Parish: Westray

Traditional County: Orkney

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1897; converted to house, 2000, P J Finnigan Architects. 3-storey, rectangular-plan house, former mill. Coursed flagstone. Alternate canted corner stones to wheelhouse quoins.

NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: kiln section to right: plain elevation apart from central 2nd floor window. Mill section to left: 2 windows to left; large double doors at 3rd bay, window to right. 2 1st and 2nd floor windows to left; hoist door above ground floor door, 2nd floor window centred above; 1st and 2nd floor windows to right. Plain elevation of lean-to wheelhouse to far left.

SE ELEVATION: plain gable wall; lean-to wheelhouse runs along extent of wall.

SW ELEVATION: advanced kiln section to left; central ground floor window to left; door to right; central 2nd floor window. Mill section set back to right; 3 ground floor windows; 4 1st floor windows; 2 2nd floor windows to right. All modern insertions apart from former ground floor door to far right and 1st floor window above. Opening for mill lade between ground and 1st floors in wheelhouse to far right.

NW ELEVATION: central ground floor window. Central 2nd floor window (recent insertion).

Some original timber windows remains; 9 fixed panes with 2 timber shutters below. Modern glazing copies former fenestration pattern. 4 regularly placed rooflights to front elevation; 6 to rear, mill section. Pitched, glazed kiln roof; pitched slate roof to mill section. Slate lean-to wheelhouse roof.

INTERIOR: flagged ground floor; timber floor elsewhere. Arched, 2-storey, brick kiln structure remains. Pine joists and columns remain within mill section. Bridge and pit in wheelhouse (wheel now gone).


Flagstone wall with narrow water channel leads water from reservoir at rear of mill, into wheelhouse. Access opening within wall near house.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Pierowall, Trenabie Bere Mill (see separate list description). The 3-storey grain mill was built for David Balfour, 5th Laird of Trenabie and remained in operation until the 1960's. It had 2 pairs of grinding stones and an overshot wheel. Restoration and conversion into residential accommodation began in 1998. The original machinery including the over-shot water wheel was removed in the 1960's. The interior of the kiln has been maintained and used in an innovative way; i.e. the glazed roof helps to provide the rest of the house with heat and light and the lade feeds the generator which heats under floor pipes. Loch Saintear formerly fed the mills but now water is pumped from Loch of Burness into a feeder pond to the rear of the 3-storey mill.

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