Photographer's Note

I know that I have shown you pictures of this place before, but Preston Mill is one of my favourite buildings in Scotland and I shall never tire of visiting it or trying to photograph it.

Preston Mill is one of the oldest meal mills in Scotland with its machinery still in working order. It lies close to the River Tyne (a different River Tyne to the one in north-east England) a few hundred yards downstream of East Linton. Since 1951 it has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland and it remained in use as a commercial mill until 1959.

The mill complex comprises three main buildings: the kiln, seen here on the left with its pointed roof surmounted by a cowl, the mill itself to the right, and the miller's house which is hidden from sight behind the mill. Externally, the mill stands to the east of the mill-pond which you can see in the foreground and it is fed via a mill-lade bringing water from the River Tyne. You can also see the sluice gate which allows water to pass to the waterwheel which sits at the far right face of the mill.

Preston Mill is open all year round for visitors to walk around it and in the summer months the National Trust for Scotland allows visitors to enter it and also see the mill working. I must go inside again some time as it is many years since I did that: that time I bought a bag of freshly ground flour, took it home and baked myself a fine loaf of wholemeal bread!

This picture was taken on a glorious January afternoon two years ago when the weather was bitterly cold, frosty, sunny and clear - a far cry from the horrid wet and windy weather we are suffering this January.

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