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Millhouse With Threshing Machine, Springbank

A Category B Listed Building in Coull, Aberdeenshire

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Latitude: 57.1188 / 57°7'7"N

Longitude: -2.8066 / 2°48'23"W

OS Eastings: 351254

OS Northings: 803387

OS Grid: NJ512033

Mapcode National: GBR WQ.5G69

Mapcode Global: WH7N9.VBPG

Plus Code: 9C9V459V+G9

Entry Name: Millhouse With Threshing Machine, Springbank

Listing Name: Springbank Mill Including Former Shop Premises and Mill Workings

Listing Date: 24 September 2003

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397036

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49497

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Coull

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Parish: Coull

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Late 19th century. Single storey, 3-bay, regular and symmetrical, rectangular-plan, typical Deeside improved cottage with adjoining, timber built, shop premises to side and millhouse containing original threshing machinery to rear.. Harled, squared red granite rubble. Projecting long and short quoins and margins to openings. Lean-to outhouse to rear. W-facing, regular fenesttariotn with door to centre.

INTERIOR: not seen 2002. Building unoccupied and boarded-up at time of resurvey.

SHOP PREMISES: single storey, single bay addition to roadside (N) gable end of cottage. Timber board construction, painted red, with plain barge boarding to overhanging eaves, the gable terminating in a wooden spur finial. Casement windows, grey slates, lead flashing. Shop interior comprising timber panelling to walls, fitted shelving and shop counter all in deeply polished pine.

MILLHOUSE: single storey, single bay addition to rear (E) of cottage adjacent roadside in line with mill lade. Plain rubble construction, slated roof. Interior contains larg, timber built, water powered threshing machine dating from circa 1900-1910. Dispalys the high craftsmanship of the local country joiner prior in the Pre-War period. Timber steps lead to mezzanine storage space.

Statement of Interest

The substantially unaltered house and adjoining shop and mill make Springbank an excellent vernacular survival from the late 19th century, Pre-War agricultural landscape of Upper Deeside, rare within the region and unique within the immediate area. Other examples of the agricultural and social history of the region have also been awarded Statutory Listing status, including the former Clashmarket at Migvie, the Meal Mill in Tarland and the Bridge of Alford Stores. The entrance gates to the garden, bearing wheel and spear motifs, are the same as those to Migvie churchyard suggesting the work of the same local smith or supplier.

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