Finzean Wood Mills
individually unique 19th century water-powered
wood-working mills still survive in Finzean: the
Sawmill and Turning Mill, which form a single
integrated mill complex, and the Bucket Mill.
These mills are
the only ones of their kind to survive anywhere in Scotland and
each mill is a Grade A Listed historic site of national
importance. Their individual importance is all the greater
because they have survived as a group within a mile of each
other on the Feugh, and are still within their original native
pinewood setting. However, what is especially outstanding about
the mills, is that they are all still operating and producing
their traditional wooden products.
BCT became owner of the mills
in 1999 to safeguard their future and has carried out extensive
repairs and restoration work on the mills over the years since
then. The continued operation of the mills is an essential part
of their conservation and BCT works closely on this with the
two part-time millers, Stan Moyes at the Bucket Mill and David
Duncan at the Sawmill and Turning Mill. Maintaining the
machinery, buildings and other structures involved in the
mills, as well as the skills necessary for their operation, is
a major long term challenge for BCT.
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