14-18 Ironmills Road, Dalkeith / North Esk Mill
- HER number: MEL9704
- Site Name: 14-18 Ironmills Road, Dalkeith / North Esk Mill
- Grid Reference: 332703 667417
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- Monument Type:
- Fulling Mill (Post Medieval)
- Saw Mill (20th Century, Modern)
- Summary: Site of waulk mill, 18th to 19th century, and later sawmill.
- Description: (1) In October and November 2007, CFA Archaeology Ltd undertook an archaeological desk-based assessment, watching brief and evaluation at 14-18 Ironmills Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian on the proposed development site of 14 new houses, 1 garage, and associated access/parking. The desk-based assessment indicated the potential for mill remains to be uncovered on the site. The watching brief revealed a mill lade. Six evaluation trenches totalling just over 5% of the development area revealed the remains of a mill building and associated lade, demolished in parts, along with foundation remains of a recent motor garage. A small rectangular building of unknown origin was also revealed.
The structural remains are probably part of the North Esk Waulk Mill which was located in this area. The mill first appears on historic maps on Leslie's 'Plan of Dalkeith' from 1770. The OS 1st Edition map of 1857 indicates a building spanning a mill lade. By 1894, the OS second edition map shows the mill in ruins, and the 1907 OS map shows a sawmill on the site, which had been replaced by a garage by 1948.
The archaeological works identified the mill lade, wheel pit, and bypass lade.
- For more information contact: MidLothian Council HER
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- (1) Unpublished document: Haines, K; Hill, I; Mitchell, S. 2007. 14-18 Ironmills Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian, Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment, Watching Brief and Evaluation.