Aberdeenshire HER - NO59SE0008 - FINZEAN BUCKET MILL

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Primary ReferenceNO59SE0008
NRHE Card No.NO59SE9
NRHE Numlink 35320
HES LB No. 3100
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Finzean bucket mill, built c.1853 by Peter Brown, still in use today. It is unique in Britain with its specialised water powered machinery for producing wooden pails or buckets. The mill is a single-storey and attic wood, stone and brick building with a corrugated-iron roof, and adjoining sawmill. It has a mid-breast paddle wheel with double cast iron frame. A small, single-storey, rectangular plan kiln lies to the north of the bucket mill, with boarded timber gables, and a boarded timber ramp to the south leading to the door. There is a cast-iron fire box access below the ramp, and a brick gablehead stack to the north with a circular can. Inside, the fire box runs the length of the kiln, surmounted by a slatted floor. To the northwest of the bucket mill is the cart house and stable. To the north of the kiln, on the opposite side of the valley road, is a single storey and attic, three bay, rectangular-plan cottage. The mill produced a range of wooden tubs and buckets on home-made lathes built on stone plinths. The mill was worked by three generations of Browns until 1974 when it started to fall into disrepair after the death of William Brown. An appeal was launched in 1982 to restore the mill. It is now fully restored and producing wooden buckets and bowls again. Now has a visitor centre and open to the public. The mills have been owned and operated by Birse Community Trust since 1999, when a former Finzean Water Mills Trust was wound up. Today, the miller periodically produces small batches of buckets as part of conserving the operation of the mill. These are made from staves of native Scots pine timber cut from trees selectively felled by Birse Community Trust in the Community Pinewoods. The bucket mills form a unique complex, along with the Saw Mill and Turning Mill which lie a short distance to the east (NO59SE0009), and are the only mills of their kind to survive in Scotland.
Last Update17/05/2021
Updated Bycpalmer
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Easting: 357706.183737397, Northing: 791221.651638827

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National Grid Reference: NO 5770 9122

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DAMS  F100