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Knockando Woolmill Cottage

A Category B Listed Building in Knockando, Moray

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.4659 / 57°27'57"N

Longitude: -3.3555 / 3°21'19"W

OS Eastings: 318787

OS Northings: 842547

OS Grid: NJ187425

Mapcode National: GBR L82Z.X6J

Mapcode Global: WH6K5.FLCX

Entry Name: Knockando Woolmill Cottage

Listing Date: 16 September 2003

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396999

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49467

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Knockando

County: Moray

Electoral Ward: Speyside Glenlivet

Traditional County: Morayshire

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Description

Earlier 19th century. Simple, traditional, single storey 3-bay rectangular-plan symmetrical cottage located to S of nearby mill (see separate listing); small, roofless square-plan dairy/larder attached to SE gable. Low wallheads with openings set close to eaves. Harling remaining in places, coursed random rubble with ladder pinnings evident elsewhere, pitched corrugated-asbestos roof.

Central doorway to principal (NE) elevation, flanking windows to far left and far right, dairy/larder set to left gable with separate doorway. Offcentre doorway to rear (SW) elevation, flanking windows. Raised coped skews, coped gable apex stacks, clay can to SE, evidence of thackstanes. 2-leaf timber boarded doors, timber 4-pane and multi-paned sash and case windows.

INTERIOR: small hallway from front door; doorways leading off to principal gable end rooms and to central narrow room running to rear. Timber six-panelled fielded doors, small cast-iron range and cast-iron register grate to respective principal rooms. Timber lined walls.

Statement of Interest

A-Group with Knockando Woolmill, House and Byres. The cottage is an integral and important part of the woollen mill complex at Knockando, the home of either the Grants or Frasers who worked the mill during the mid 19th century. The cottage is a good example of a simple, traditional dwelling house, befitting the status of the owners of a small-scale rural mill in the mid 19th century. The roof would have originally been thatched. The interior of the mill has a degree of sophistication that belies its humble exterior, fielded panelling to doors and cast-iron grates to the principal rooms. In the late 19th century the mill was at the peak of its commercial success and the Smith family (who ran the mill at this time) asked the Knockando Estate to erect a 2-storey house (see separate listing) to the SE of the cottage on the site of a former, similar cottage. This earlier cottage is depicted on the 1874 Ordnance Survey map and the above-cited watercolour. After the erection of the new dwelling house the cottage was probably used to accommodate some of the mill workers, it is unknown when the cottage became unoccupied. For further information see Knockando Woolmill list description.

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