Monday, 1 August 2011
Stornoway Water Wheel
The Stornoway Corn Mill was constructed in 1816 and was fitted with the best equipment available at that time, according to contemporary reports. It seems to have been one of three mills built by the Mackenzie owners of Lewis in the early 19th Century. According to the New Statistical Account of Ross and Cromarty, compiled about 1830, there was also a wool carding mill and a sawmill with "an excellent kiln appended to it."
All were "perfectly complete in their kind" says the New Statistical Account. Also brand new at that time was a distillery which is believed to have stood where the Woodlands Centre now is.
The current building is a modern reproduction of the mill.
I love the look of mill wheels and machinery so long as no one expects me to do anything about mending it!